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That old political game

Posted: November 29, 2008 9:25 p.m.
Updated: November 30, 2008 4:55 a.m.
Gary Horton ("Free at Last! At least for the majority," Nov. 11) lamented the passage of Proposition 8 and lambasted the Mormon and Catholic churches for supporting it. He suggests that neither church has the moral authority to participate in an election concerning marriage.

Extending Mr. Horton's logic, the United States could also be disqualified from civil rights discussion and promotion. After all, when the United States was forcing Mormons to abandon polygamy, women had no right to vote in America, most African-Americans were not allowed to vote and Catholics were openly discriminated against. Interestingly, African-Americans - most of whom are neither Mormon or Catholic - voted overwhelmingly for Proposition 8, and the legal logic used by the California courts to extend marriage to gays also opens marriage status to polygamists.

Perhaps Mr. Horton and the United States owe the Mormon Church of old an apology.

Since the Mormon and Catholic churches did not cast a single vote in the 2008 election, it might be better for Mr. Horton to justify his position and win over people to his point of view rather than play the old political game of blaming one's opponents.


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