June 18th, 2010
12:53 PM ET

The Mormon church and Prop 8

Editor's Note: A new documentary on Proposition 8 looks at Mormon involvement with the passage of the controversial California law. CNN Entertainment Correspondent Kareen Wynter and Producer JD Cargill bring us their report from Hollywood.

In November 2008, one of the most expensive and controversial propositions - California’s Prop 8 banning same-sex marriage - sparked an uproar when it passed. Now, the battle is heating up once again in the Golden State. A federal court judge listened to closing arguments on Wednesday, June 16, in a landmark lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of that proposition.

A new documentary, directed by Reed Cowan, explores this divisive proposition, and the one religious group he says made the biggest impact.  The film “8: The Mormon Proposition” explores the connection between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Prop 8.

It features interviews with a number of people whose lives were directly impacted by the passing of the ballot measure. One of those people is Linda Stay, a former Mormon and mother of nine including two children who are gay. The film showcases Stay’s story, her sense of loss, anger and betrayal. Now at odds with her once beloved faith and extended family, Linda has become one of most outspoken advocates for marriage equality in the country.

The documentary opens in select theaters on Friday, June 18.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science • Culture wars • Gay marriage • Mormonism

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  1. pass drug tests

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    April 17, 2012 at 8:18 am |
  2. mormongirl

    Truth is: We are taught to to be kind to all, even homosexuals. I have homosexual friends myself and have never had any problems. We do not believe for it to be a sin to have homosexual inclinations. Real life people do have strong, and many times, deep ingraned homosexual inclinations but we believe that the Lord commanded marriage to be only and exclusively between a man and a woman, and the Lord deos not suffer us into temptation further than we can resist. What I am saying here, is that even though the inclinations are ture and it is not a sin to have them, it is something that can be resisted.
    Also, talking about Deseret companies, does anyone know how much money the contribute to those in need? Substantial amounts of money. The Prophet does not have a salary, we are taught to be self-sufficient, and he shows it by example. Being a member of the church all my life I can say that I don't need records of where each cent goes. I already see where it goes. I could go on and on but only us Mormons know what we are about. Thanks for the non-members who have stated positive comments about us.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  3. brian

    1. If money was all it took, then the anti-prop 8 side should have won, having raised more money than the pro-prop 8 people. I'm for gay marriage, but seriously, it will happen when the people want it to happen.
    2. As a non-mormon in Utah, I get sick of hearing all the BS people spout about my neighbors! They aren't polygamists and they a damn good people! How many times to people have to explain this!

    June 23, 2010 at 3:27 am |
  4. joeb

    The only thing that I would like to say is that the church didn't 'betray' her like the article says she feels. You know the rules when you join. You promise to follow them. If you can't (or won't) do that, then that's ok, just walk away. But no one betrayed you.

    June 21, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
  5. Reality

    Why are innocuous comments about Mormonism continually removed from this blog? References are not allowed to support these comments so how do the moderators go about their deletion process. Again, what a strange blog!!!

    June 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  6. hhm

    Californian's hate Mormons because they believe out-of-state Mormons played a meddling part in Prop 8, yet quickly jump on an Arizona boycott over illegal immigration measures. How hypocritical is that?!

    June 21, 2010 at 7:10 am |
    • Meghan

      Ummm so it sounds like you support two separate hate measures, so you admit to being a racist?

      June 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  7. utahcounty

    Before anyone says anything. get the facts. do your homework. then, after so doing, you can express an opinion

    June 20, 2010 at 10:06 am |
    • Reality

      OK utahcountry, give us the facts about Mormons and their businesses and how they operate. Include the salaries paid to the prophet and the CEOs of the Deseret companies. Do you work for said companies? Related companies?

      June 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  8. steve88

    why do people violate the golden rule because of their unprovable beliefs?

    June 20, 2010 at 3:03 am |
  9. MormonBoy

    I lived in Utah and lived in Texas for many years. Charlyt is just wrong. There is no quota, besides who would enforce it? I now work for a Utah based company, yes, owned by a Mormon and I don't even know who is Mormon and who isn't. There is no quota. Open polygamist lives not being dealt with in Utah? You must not be reading the news! Besides, in actuality what "polygamists' are really doing is adultery. If you advocate going after them in Utah, you would have to lock up about half of California. By the way, didn't the people of California vote on Proposition 8? Mormons are only a very small percentage of the total population, so, how can you blame it on Mormons?

    By the way, my wife is a graduate of the University of Utah with a certificate in Elementary Education. When she applied for a job at a pre-school, which we had used for years for our own children, at the local Baptist Church, she was hired. As soon as the Pastor found out that she was a graduate of Univ. of Utah, she was asked if she was a Mormon. She was dismissed after 1 day on the job. She just walked away, and found a better job. These things happen in any state and with any religion. We don't hate the Methodist Church or their members.

    June 20, 2010 at 1:03 am |
    • mmpdx

      Um... adultery and polygamy are completely different. And your handle says it all.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  10. GODISI

    Dont believe the people who run these churches they are brainwashing you for your money I this for a fact, they are using prop 8 to get you to give the chruch more money do you see what is going on chruches use you for money I have these go on for yours in chruchs they all have there dirty little secretes and use you by tell you that you need to help them fight such things and gay marriage or dirty movies or tv they will use anything to gain power these organizations need to be crushed they do more damage have killed more people and ruined lives DO NOT TRUST THEM to them you are nothing but sheep you give them more and more and more of your money trust me I have been watching churchs since I was a kid this is what they do stop giving them money and see what happens

    June 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  11. Matt

    The Mormon church limits the purpose of marriage to pro-creation – therefore if the church wishes to avoid being bigots – then they have no choice but to also fight marriage of the infertile.

    June 19, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  12. charlyt

    Ever lived in SLC? Growing up as a non-Mormon there, you are targeted, an outcast – the minority group. If you have a small business, you are visited to see how many Mormons are employed there to see if you meet the quota. It is the church state. Could not wait to get out of there. Did that place turn me anti-organized religion? Absolutely. If you drink their Koolaid, life is good. If not, best to leave. I live in California and having them once again interfere with my life (I'm not gay) appalled me. Stay in your own state and leave the rest of us normal people alone. You don't even deal with the people living open, polygamist lives in affluent neighborhoods (yes, Big Love is happening today there), so how dare you look outside your own state for banner waving issues.

    June 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
    • JHall

      As a non-mormon resident of Utah myself, I can only conclude that you're either lying about your experience here or retelling lies that your parents told you as you "grew up" here. Either way, I can only say I've never experienced any of that, heard of any of that before, and doubt that you did either.

      June 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
    • puh-leeze

      Victim complex much?? Lived there for 5 years (not native) and our very Jewish next-door neighbor said he couldn't have wished for more welcoming and friendly (and all Mormon) neighbors.

      June 22, 2010 at 12:57 am |

      That is sooo not true there is no quota of hiring mormons in SLC or anywhere else in Utah. I have lived here for 18 years and it is not that bad. Also Polygamy is decried by the Mormon Church and there are a number of lawsuits and prosecution happening at this time to try to stop the polygamists. Kind of like how people everywhere used to try to stop the Gays.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
    • mmpdx

      puh-leeze: Well, I'm certainly convinced then. Because your Jewish neighbor says so must make it true, right? Perfect.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
    • 19beersandsober

      It depends on where you go in utah. Some places do have a hateful mentality, but in many larger citys the mentalty is different. So to brand thew whole state because of a few minoritys within wouldn't be right.

      June 25, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  13. zaza

    Exposure of hate groups is always a good thing so we can beware and obviously Mormons fall into this category.

    June 19, 2010 at 9:57 am |
    • whohateswho

      The Mormon church is a hate group? Why aren't the Mormons trash talking homosexuals? Seems most hate here is directed at the Mormons.

      June 21, 2010 at 10:33 am |
    • mmpdx

      whohateswho: The Mormons aren't trash talking gays? What planet do you live on? Not only are they trash talking us, they're trying to limit our right to the same privileges that straight people enjoy.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
    • 19beersandsober

      Hate group fits because of their history with such nind sets that (example) blacks were the ofspring of cane. I could go on, but the list would be so long that it wouldn 't fit.

      June 25, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  14. Reality

    Prop 8 is all about different life styles. The California voters obviously determined some of these styles are dangerous.

    June 19, 2010 at 8:04 am |
    • truth

      it's not a "lifestyle choice" it's who people are. they are made that way- they will all tell you. you have a bias that makes you not want to listen.

      June 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
    • joeb

      they are not made that way, there has never been a scientific study to prove that they are made that way. Of course they'll say that, but an insane killer has says that something in his head made him do it. Gays choose to avoid admitting responsibility because it plays in their political favor. they want to only appear to be helpless victims of a genetic disorder, but It's just not true

      June 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
    • mmpdx

      Prop. 8 isn't about lifestyles. It's about state sanctioned discrimination.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  15. TripleM

    The Mormons are being "targeted?"

    June 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
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