I just finished watching the 2010 documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition (link is to the full movie online). I’ve known about the film since it’s preview days, and I was happy to see that it’s now available to view online (though I don’t know how long that link will be active, so get to watching it, ASAP).
I spent the first half-hour of the film in tears — though not all of the sad kind. I loved hearing the story of one of the first same-sex couples in California to get married.
But not all of my tears were happy ones — I really had a difficult time hearing of the horrible discrimination this couple felt by some of their religious family members, the ones who reacted negatively to the news of their marriage.
[note: If any of my friends or family members were to ever reject Emma should she grow up and be a lesbian, I can confidently state right now that it would be the end of my relationship with them. There is simply NO EXCUSE for that kind of rejection or judgement, and such a oppressive ideology has no place in my (or my family’s) life.]
The film is definitely worth a watch, if only to learn about the deceit and maliciousness of the movement to pass Prop 8 — a political effort spearheaded by the LDS church. The film also spends much of its time focusing on the HUMAN damage caused by the implications of Prop 8 and the relational damage of blind religious obedience to hurtful dogma.
Of course, watching this film was positively influenced by the news of the Prop 8 trial decision from a month or so ago — not to mention that I can already feel the tides of history changing, because soon it won’t be an issue for ANYone to be married, if they so choose.
I’m just glad I’m on the ethical side of this issue. I know one day I’ll be able to tell my daughter about this human rights battle and about who said what and where when it came to marriage equality. Plus I’ll also have access to all the YouTube clips of all the hateful, vile religious leaders who spewed their bigotry in their quest to preserve discrimination. If watching those videos doesn’t turn people away from these faith ideologies, I don’t know what else will.
Bring on the Supreme Court, I say. No more H8.