Clark Pingree on Proposition 8

In this episode, Clark Pingree discusses California’s Proposition 8 (which seeks to prevent gay marriage in California), and his disappointment in the LDS Church’s involvement in supporting the initiative.

7 comments for “Clark Pingree on Proposition 8

  1. Tom
    August 29, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Wonderful speech. Enlightening in a way much like general conference. May it not fall on deaf ears.

  2. August 29, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Wow. Well said, Clark.

  3. Danielle
    September 6, 2008 at 10:39 am

    How can I help you to make this dream come true? I am already voting NO! What other actions can I take to help counteract the wrong ideas of the church?

  4. Lindsay
    September 21, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you for your sharing such eloquent insights and personal thoughts on this matter. I certainly admire you and others who have come forward on this issue. Your light and truth has added to my own. May the Lord bless you in your efforts and desires to secure happiness for yourself as a Latter-Day Saint who is clearly as worthy as the next man of the blessings of love, understanding and fellowship.

  5. David Bernal
    October 29, 2008 at 4:53 am

    The world needs more people like you Clark. Great speeach.

  6. Cris
    November 6, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Dear Clark,

    I was married to my partner of 25 years June 20, 2008, in Sacramento, California. I didn’t think it would make much difference in my life to be married, but it has! As a 54-year-old man raised in the Mormon faith, marriage and monogamy have been almost a biological part of my being, and it was an incredible experience for my spouse and me to be publicly recognized as a couple.

    I felt the same joy you did, Clark, when the decision to overturn the ban on gay marriage was rendered–it was true emancipation. When Proposition 8 reared its hideous and hateful head, I was devastated. I prayed each day that the proposition would not pass. Well, it did, due in no small part to the efforts of religious organizations, including our own faith, going so far as to call from the state of Utah to influence California citizens. It is unconscionable what measures people take to wield influence in affairs of state (not even their OWN state) for religious reasons. Our Savior must weep in grief, pain, and shame at what civilization chooses to do in his name.

    Although it doesn’t affect in any way the bond between my spouse and me, it has been made patently clear that over half of my fellow citizens in the state of California do not accept me in full fellowship in the human race–and make no mistake, this is a human rights issue. I fear for the next time human rights will be taken away. Who will be affected and to what damage?

    Thank you, Clark, for being at the forefront of the effort to save the lives of young Mormons who are going through the torture that we endured. Please let me know what I can do to serve our brothers and sisters who deserve everyone’s love, acceptance (not tolerance), and support. Would Jesus do any less than this?

    I send this in the spirit of love, good intent, and faith in the teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

  7. David Tensmeyer
    November 8, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you for standing up, speaking out, and trying to help church members understand the situation of LDS homosexuals. I am convinced that many members of the church would take a different stance on Proposition 8 (and similar measures) if they only had the opportunity to get to know a gay member of the church. Keep doing what you’re doing, you are making a difference.

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