It’s not yet been two years since the passage of Proposition 8 in California, the constitutional amendment that stripped marriage rights from homosexual couples. From memory, it went down a little bit like this:
Well, sans the happy ending of course. Curse you, character portrayed by John C Reilly!
(As an aside, does anybody else find it ironically prescient that Prop 8: The Musical was made before the economy tanked?)
Memories fade from popular conscience quickly, however, and all too soon it happens that while people remember the Prop 8 was passed, they forget just how horrible it was — in the words of Rea Carey of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
…the court has, for the first time in California history, permitted a simple majority to use the initiative process to strip a fundamental right from a minority group.
That’s why 8: The Mormon Proposition is the movie that we need at this time. 8: The Mormon Proposition is a documentary and reaction to the organised Mormon campaign that was behind much of the financing and propaganda promoting Proposition 8. Go and check out the trailer over at Apple Trailers, and make sure to support this film whenever it comes out near you. More than going to see it, however, drag other people along to see it. Bring people who, otherwise, would be too apathetic to do anything off their own steam.
After all, it’s not enough just to be correct in politics — you also need to have the numbers and the drive. Academic agreement is lovely, but for the movement to gain ground people need to be emotionally charged as well.