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Homosexuals Protest LA Mormon Temple

We thought that with the ascension of the Anointed One all would be (ahem) sweetness and light.

But apparently not.

From the wire services:

An unidentified man joins hundreds protesting Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that banned gay marriage, in the Westwood district of Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008.

Hundreds demonstrate outside the Los Angeles Mormon Temple against the Church’s support of Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that banned gay marriage, in the Westwood district of Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008.

Robert Oliver (L) holds a rainbow colored flag as a woman who identified herself as Mama Joi (C) talks to a crowd while waving an American flag outside the Los Angeles California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a “No on Prop 8” march and rally on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles November 6, 2008. The protesters were marching to the Mormon Church which supported Proposition 8, the ballot measure that banned gay marriage, local media reported.

A protester writes ‘tax this cult’ in chalk on the street in front of the Los Angeles Mormon Temple as hundreds demonstrated against the Church’s support of Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that banned gay marriage, in the Westwood district of Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008.

Protesters wait at a police skirmish line before being allowed to proceed as hundreds demonstrated against the Mormon Church’s support of Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that banned gay marriage, in the Westwood district of Los Angeles Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008.

Protesters hold signs in front of the Mormon Church during a ‘No on Prop 8’ march and rally in Los Angeles to protest the church’s monetary support of Prop 8, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008. Legal experts said it is unclear whether an attempt by gay-rights activists to overturn California’s new ban on gay marriage has any chance of success, and whether the 18,000 same-sex marriages performed in California over the past four months are in any danger.

There would appear to have been a little bit of hate speech going on, on judging by the obviously sanitized photos from our watchdog media.

If Mormons can’t marry whomever they want, why should homosexuals have that right?

There was a little side story to this drama as well:

Protesters tear a ‘Yes on Prop. 8’ banner from a pickup truck as hundreds demonstrated against the Mormon Church’s support of Proposition 8, that opposed gay marriage, in the Westwood district of Los Angeles Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008.

An unidentified protester shouts at a man in the back of a pickup truck after a portion of a ‘Yes on Prop 8’ sign was ripped from the truck’s rear window, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, in the Westwood district of Los Angeles. Hundreds demonstrated against the Mormon Church’s support of Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that banned gay marriage.

The unidentified driver of a pickup truck that had a ‘Yes to Prop 8’ banner torn off it tells protesters to back away as hundreds demonstrated against the Mormon Church’s support of Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that opposed gay marriage, in the Westwood district of Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008. Two people were arrested after a confrontation between the crowd and the occupant of the pickup truck.

A protester, who later identified himself as Maurice Carriere, tears the remaining portion of a ‘Yes of Prop. 8’ banner from a pickup truck as the driver, foreground, moves toward him, as hundreds demonstrated against the Mormon Church’s support of Proposition 8, that opposed gay marriage, in the Westwood district of Los Angeles Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008.

A protester identified as Maurice Carriere hits the pavement after being hit by the unidentified driver of a pickup truck, foreground, after Carriere had ripped a portion of a ‘Yes of Prop. 8’ banner from the man’s truck as hundreds demonstrated against the Mormon Church’s support of Proposition 8, that opposed gay marriage, in the Westwood district of Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008.

How much you want to bet that that “two people arrested” were the two people in the truck?

By the way, note the “All You Need Is Love” sign.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 7th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

35 Responses to “Homosexuals Protest LA Mormon Temple”

  1. BillK says:

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints supported Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban in California.

    Thus the pro-gay marriage crowd in Southern California has targeted them for destruction.

    From the Los Angeles Times:

    Prop. 8 protesters target Mormon temple in Westwood

    Gay-rights activists criticize the church for helping to collect millions to aid passage of ban on gay marriage.

    By Jessica Garrison and Joanna Lin

    More than a thousand gay-rights activists gathered Thursday afternoon outside the Mormon temple in Westwood to protest the role Mormons played in passing Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

    It was the latest in an escalating campaign directed against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its role in marshaling millions of dollars in contributions from its members for the successful campaign to take away same-sex marriage rights.

    Members of the Mormon church, who were strongly urged by church leaders to contribute to the Proposition 8 campaign, had an undeniable role in the measure’s victory. Opponents of Proposition 8 have accused the church of discriminating against homosexuals, but the backlash against the denomination has also sparked accusations of discrimination.

    During the campaign, a website established by Proposition 8 opponents used campaign finance data and other public records to track Mormon political contributions to the Yes-on-8 campaign. Opponents estimated that members of the church had given more than $20 million, but the amount is difficult to confirm since the state does not track the religious affiliation of donors.

    Critics of the website noted that the religious affiliations of other political donors are not generally researched.

    A commercial opposing Proposition 8 also drew criticism. In it, two actors portraying Mormon missionaries forced their way into the well-kept home of a married lesbian couple.

    “Hi, we’re here from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” one says.

    “We’re here to take away your rights,” says his partner.

    The missionaries then rip the wedding rings from the women’s fingers and ransack their house until they find the women’s marriage license, which they destroy.

    “Hey, we have rights,” one of the women says.

    “Not if we can help it,” answers the missionary.

    A commercial opposing Proposition 8 also drew criticism. In it, two actors portraying Mormon missionaries forced their way into the well-kept home of a married lesbian couple.

    “Hi, we’re here from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” one says.

    “We’re here to take away your rights,” says his partner.

    The missionaries then rip the wedding rings from the women’s fingers and ransack their house until they find the women’s marriage license, which they destroy.

    “Hey, we have rights,” one of the women says.

    “Not if we can help it,” answers the missionary.

    The ad was produced by an independent group not affiliated with the official No-on-8 campaign and was shown on MSNBC and Comedy Central, according to Rick Jacobs of the Courage Campaign, a progressive political group.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-protest7-2008nov07,0,3827549.story

    Can you imagine for one second if an ad like this was shown with Muslims (who also aren’t big fans of gay marriage)?

    Yep, the “Courage Campaign” would be arrested for “hate speech” before the ad finished airing the first time.

    But those silly Mormons?

    Just like those conservative Christians, anything goes.

    Lorri L. Jean, chief executive of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, which organized the rally outside the temple, announced the launch of a new website, invalidateprop8.org, which will raise money to fight for same-sex marriage rights in California.

    For every $5 donated, Jean said, a postcard will be sent to the president of the Mormon church condemning “the reprehensible role the Church of Latter-day Saints leadership played in denying all Californians equal rights under the law.”

    “It is a travesty that the Mormon Church bought this election and used a campaign of lies and deception to manipulate voters in the great state of California,” she said.

    Unlike, say, the huge amounts of cash raised by the Chosen One. That wasn’t buying an election, not at all.

    David Loder, 40, a business manager from Corona and a member of the Mormon church, heard about the protest on the radio. He said he was saddened by the anger directed against the church.

    Loder said he had not given money to the Yes-on-8 campaign because finances are tight raising five daughters, but he did put a sign in his frontyard. It was vandalized, he said.

    As a member of the LDS church we have known [and still do] the feeling of being ridiculed and mistreated because of our faith,” he said.

    Remember, civil rights are only “rights” if you’re on the left.

    You know, back when Colorado passed Amendment 2, which only outlawed “special rights” for homosexuals, the Hollywood community reacted by refusing to do business in Colorado.

    Perhaps the Hollywood community should now do the same in California.

  2. soccermom says:

    This is tolerance…?

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    I’ll bet the little hommie that was knocked on his a$$ is drinking his meals through a straw today.

  4. 1sttofight says:

    A protester identified as Maurice Carriere hits the pavement after being hit by the unidentified driver of a pickup truck,

    Good for you truck driver, Good for you.

  5. Helena says:

    They’re so courageous. I don’t suppose they also demonstrated at the local mosques who most certainly voted for Prop 8 as well. The mosq-ovites might be offended.

    Also love the “I DON’T TELL YOU WHAT TO WEAR” sign. Stay on message there, boys and girls.

  6. They’re so stupid.

    Blacks and Hispanics pushed Prop. 8 over the 50% mark. Why aren’t they going down to central LA and threatening people there? (Answer: they’d be shot). Why are they protesting the Mormons?

    A few reasons:

    1) The 2012 election began on November 5. Mitt Romney is a contender. And a Mormon. Here’s a ready-made smear to stick in the quiver of arrows they’ll use against the Republican who runs against The One.

    2) This is just the beginning. Protestants, Catholics, anyone who disagrees with homosexual behavior – you’re next. Lock, load, and pray hard because they’re coming for you and your church.

    They believe they’ll be happy if they destroy anyone who doesn’t agree with them, and take away the First Amendment rights of dissenters.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t they try or threaten to burn down churches over this?

    Liberals always say the younger generation will tip the balance in their favor. I’d like to know how off-putting this violent thuggery is. ‘Cause I sure have a hard time believing they’ll be all lovey-dovey if they get their way.

    But such is the behavior of liberals: If the majority votes the way they want, it’s fine. When the majority doesn’t, all hell breaks loose.

  7. JannyMae says:

    Wow. I doubt they will generate any sympathy for their, “cause,” with this behavior…no do I think it occurred to them how stupid they looked. They just showed themselves for what they are, an angry, bitter group of people.

    Amazing.

  8. Meggie R Mac says:

    ditto, to the below, !st of all they are protesting at the wrong place, they need to beam up to the Pearly Gates and protest to Heavenly Father, he created the commandments and the laws of the Universe. These commandments and laws don’t change just because ‘something’ is repackaged or dressed up pretty to cover up the ugliness and the stink of said sin…

    They’re so stupid.

    Blacks and Hispanics pushed Prop. 8 over the 50% mark. Why aren’t they going down to central LA and threatening people there? (Answer: they’d be shot). Why are they protesting the Mormons?

    A few reasons:

    1) The 2012 election began on November 5. Mitt Romney is a contender. And a Mormon. Here’s a ready-made smear to stick in the quiver of arrows they’ll use against the Republican who runs against The One.

    2) This is just the beginning. Protestants, Catholics, anyone who disagrees with homosexual behavior – you’re next. Lock, load, and pray hard because they’re coming for you and your church.

    They believe they’ll be happy if they destroy anyone who doesn’t agree with them, and take away the First Amendment rights of dissenters.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t they try or threaten to burn down churches over this?

    Liberals always say the younger generation will tip the balance in their favor. I’d like to know how off-putting this violent thuggery is. ‘Cause I sure have a hard time believing they’ll be all lovey-dovey if they get their way.

    But such is the behavior of liberals: If the majority votes the way they want, it’s fine. When the majority doesn’t, all hell breaks loose

  9. btown says:

    The “You have two wives I want one husband” sign would get my vote as most clever, if only polygamy was actually legal. As such, Mormons have to hide that one.

    I personally was on the fence about Prop 8 from the beginning, since us Californians voted 61% in favor of keeping the definition of marriage the same. Then our 9th Circuit court got involved and here we are again, as if nothing has changed. Very circular, and an interesting test of how flawed the process can be. And also a pretty reliable predictor of the way things would turn out again…I know I wasn’t shocked.

    At the same time, I was very “who even CARES” about it all. I didn’t buy the slippery-slope argument in regards to rewriting constitutional definitions at the whims of anyone loud enough to make it happen. And the Knights of Columbus’ (whoops, I meant to say “Project for California Renewal”) argument that this would lead to GAY MARRIAGE BEING TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS!$@#!$ Had me laughing. What meaningless fear-mongering. Can anyone tell me what the hell they’re going to teach in a classroom about gay marriage that has any application to any subject? Maybe History, in three decades. Ridiculous.

    What did tick me off, however, was an out-of-state organization coming into my territory and telling my state how to vote…even if we *already* voted that way once before. If there were any Californian special interest groups canvassing other people’s states in this election, calling themselves “Project for (insert your state’s name here) Renewal” and trying to shove their ideas down those throats, I can’t possibly apologize enough.

  10. ensorensen says:

    You can not fight ignorance and hate with ignorance and hate!! How rude and disrespectful to protest outside of ANY house of worship regardless of your own religious beliefs or lifetyle! The truth of the matter is that THE PEOPLE voted!!

  11. ensorensen says:

    Btown: The LDS church does not practice polygamy. I wonder how long it will take for people to wrap their heads around that. This was something that was practiced back in the 1800’s. In 1890 the church ended their practice of polygamy. Although there are still some that choose to practice this, mainly the FLDS followers, this is not an LDS practice. The church is not hiding the fact that at one point in time they did practice polygamy. However, they have nothing to hide. Some people may not follow or believe much of the churches teaching, myself included. But the truth of the matter is that the church does far more good than bad. They help millions of people around the world!

  12. btown says:

    ensorensen,

    I probably wasn’t clear about saying that polygamy isn’t legal or practiced by the church, as I too know it isn’t. Some Mormons do have multiple wives still, but they tend to live on compounds or at the very least out of the eyes of those who would persecute them for this practice.

    And I’m not discriminating against any church for its beliefs or its right to protest, lobby and make its voice heard, much less the endless good that they do for others. I would just rather that California-based Mormons elected to enforce Prop 8, as opposed to an outsider administration calling themselves a renewal project in CA’s name. Make that much, much rather.

  13. ShawnS says:

    I hate to break it to the gay community but the Mormons are the least of their worries.
    It is in fact Obama that got Prop 8 passed.
    Go to the Cali election results and take a look at the exit polls.
    Obama’s get out the vote efforts worked and minority voters went to the polls in record numbers.
    Only 48 percent of whites voted for the ban.
    51 percent of hispanics were for it.
    This alone would have not passed the measure.
    It was the 70 percent of black voters that voted for Prop 8 that allowed for this ban on gay marriage.
    Ironically, gays supported Obama by the same percentage.
    They should have paid attention to the details rather than the empty rhetoric….Obama was opposed to gay marriage because of “personal RELIGIOUS reasons” (McCain’S reason was based on “personal cultural reasons”) Both candidates said the Federal goverment shouldn’t decide and that the citizens of the individual states should.
    Turns out, to the dismay of leftist, black people are mostly straight and mostly religious. And do not equate civil rights for racial minorities to the civil rights of the gay lifestyle.
    It’s to late to wake up now, this ban was a Constitutional ammendment and can not be overturned by the courts.
    Gay marriage is now and forever illegal in California because of Barack Obama.

  14. ensorensen says:

    Those who have multiple wives and live on compounds are not real LDS followers. They may call themselves that, but they do not attend an LDS church, nor do they follow the guidelines of the church.

    As a non-active member of the LDS church, I do not follow nor do I believe a lot of the churches teaching. I have many wonderful homosexual friends and I believe in equality for all. However, Prop. 8 was voted for by THE PEOPLE. It is a democracy. And though the church did raise awareness and voice it’s opinions regarding Prop. 8, they are not to blame.

    bwtown: I was not directing my comment of being “rude and disrespectful” towards you. I am sorry if it came across that way. It is directed to those who are standing outside of a place of worship being very disrespectful. Those who had done their research would not have had signs reading “you have 2 wives, I want one husband” because they would know that polygamy is not something the church follows.

  15. esorensen:

    Another level-headed analysis of the situation.

    Unfortunately – and I think you realize this – it doesn’t matter to these protesters what is and isn’t factually correct or accurate. To them, religion is the source and summit of all that’s evil, and their rights trump the very real, black and white, First Amendment rights written into the Constitution.

  16. DEZ says:

    Seeing the punk on the pavement just made my whole evening.

    A note to pantie waisted protesters, keep your hands off of other peoples property.

  17. BillK says:

    Just remember, the first Mormon that confronts a homosexual in any way will likely be arrested for a felony hate crime.

    Meanwhile, the No on 8 crowd are just “exercising their First Amendment rights.”

  18. xuenbaookufn says:

    A peaceful protest?

    …I think not. Try destruction of private property. That truck owner had every right to defend himself and his vehicle. I hope that the two people arrested are the ones that were tearing at his sign. Sadly, I think it ended up being the other way around.

  19. DEZ says:

    I wonder if the protester knows that Kroger is having a sale on soup.

  20. JohnMG says:

    DEZ; …..”I wonder if the protester knows that Kroger is having a sale on soup……”

    I think marshmallow creme is the preferred antidote.

  21. angryredhen says:

    Will somebody please explain to me why all those good people in California passed prop 8 and elected BO at the same time, when BO has made it very clear that he wants to repeal DOMA as soon as possible? What were these people thinking? And there is no such thing as a polygamist mormon, or a gay mormon, but there is such a thing as an excommunicated mormon…..

  22. nobo says:

    I live here and this issue will not go away until the gay community gets their way. They are vicious, spiteful and do not respect the “will of the people” as the election pointed out to them on Tuesday. This is the second time this issue has been on the ballot and both times it was defeated.

    If they just want to live in peace why don’t they accept that most people define marriage between a man and a woman. The gay agenda is to change the definition of the family unit. To that end they must accomplish “marriage” within the rights of this community.

    And yes BO cost them the vote on this issue. It was the African American community that showed up in droves at the polls to vote for BO that pushed this issue over the finish line.

    Ah, it is such fun here in paradise!

  23. GuppyNblue says:

    It must be difficult for the more radical homosexuals to accept their nature. Even in their secular world, marriage is by definition two things coming together in a complementary way. It defies nature’s rules of propagation where (in a secular world) love is only biology and they cannot be nature(al). Whether discrimination is real or just an accusation, they will never escape this fact and resent others for just being what we are.

    But today it is not enough that we accept them without persecution. They want us, whether secular or religious, to compromise our own lifestyles and/or religious sacraments to accommodate them. We are hearing once again this call to tolerate lunatic intolerance. It actually has more to do with them not accepting me than me accepting them.

    Warning: Sharing my opinions may be a hate crime.

  24. Liberals Demise says:

    …….and I quote,”WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER AND WE’RE IN YOUR FACE”.

  25. 1sttofight says:

    …….and I quote,”WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER AND WE’RE IN YOUR FACE”.

    A protester identified as Maurice Carriere hits the pavement after being hit by the unidentified driver of a pickup truck,

    Nuf Said.

  26. Liberals Demise says:

    Hand that boy a sthraw for histh thoup!!

  27. JohnMG says:

    Wonder if any of his “friends” will be anxious to help soothe his swolen lips?? ;-}

  28. Steve says:

    In perhaps related news from Indymedia:

    Queer Anarchist Zine-Call for Submissions

    author: Pink and Black Attack
    Nov 06, 2008

    A call-out for submissions for a new queer anarchist zine.

    NEW QUEER ANARCHIST ZINE- CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

    Pink and Black Attack, a new queer anarchist zine, is looking for submissions! The project is based out of Olympia, WA and the first issued is planned to come out by January. This is a zine dedicated to anti-capitalist, anti-state, anti-assimilationist queer news, theory, and action. We’re looking for essays, news, reportbacks, poetry, comics…be creative! We’d like to have submissions in by December 10th. Earlier is always better, though. E-mail submissions to pinkandblackattack@riseup.net!

    http://tinyurl.com/5ec2yy

  29. Liberals Demise says:

    What is the “ZINES” first front page cover story, “SHUT UP AND BEND OVER?”

  30. The Redneck says:

    “You have two wives I want one husband”
    –on one protestor’s sign.

    These people are flat-out wrong. They are motivated by a hatred of anyone who will not assuage their guilt by affirming their lifestyle for them, and their treatment of homosexuals can best be compared to someone who walks up to people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and tells them that not only is there nothing wrong, unhealthy, or disturbing about washing your hands 150 times a day, but if anybody tells you different it’s because they want you to get sick and die.

    But that sign was still funny.

  31. Jed_Black says:

    That guy with the “two wives” sign should head on over to a Mosque where he might actually find a polygamist who voted for Prop 8, but of course it’s so much easier and safer to commit hate crimes against Christians. It’s sad that there is so much pain involved in being gay. You’d think that a positive, natural behavior wouldn’t be so detrimental to the individual.

  32. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    “It’s sad that there is so much pain involved in being gay.”

    I just can’t say it…. it’s too easy, too, too easy!

  33. Colonel1961 says:

    Say it! Say it!

  34. 1sttofight says:

    A Big Tube of KY Jelly would relieve a lot of the gays pain I would think.

  35. curvyred says:

    This is the major problem I have with the civil rights/gay rights/insert other rights here groups:

    They do not want equal treatment – they want special treatment and they also want to control the rest of us until we agree with them.


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