In the Upper West Side of Manhattan, demonstrators chanted "Shame on you!" outside the temple. Leaders of the Mormon church had encouraged members to support passage of California's Proposition 8, a referendum banning same-sex marriage.
"I'm fed up and disgusted with religious institutions taking political stances and calling them moral when it's nothing but politics," said Dennis Williams, 36. "Meanwhile they enjoy tax-free status while trying to deny me rights that should be mine at the state and federal level."
Church spokesman Michael Otterson said that while citizens have the right to protest, he was "puzzled" and "disturbed" by the gathering since the majority of California's voters had approved the amendment.
"This was a very broad-based coalition that defended traditional marriage in a free and democratic election," Otterson said, referring to the numerous religious and social conservative groups that sponsored Proposition 8. [...]
Gay-marriage advocates said they were planning nationwide demonstrations this weekend in more than 175 cities and outside the U.S. Capitol. A Seattle blogger was trying to organize simultaneous protests outside statehouses and city halls in every state Saturday.
Earlier in Connecticut, Jody Mock and Elizabeth Kerrigan emerged from Town Hall in West Hartford to the cheers of about 150 people and waved their marriage license high. The couple led the lawsuit that overturned the state law.
"We feel very fortunate to live in the state of Connecticut, where marriage equality is valued, and hopefully other states will also do what is fair," Kerrigan said.
It's pretty clear that to same-sex marriage [redefinition of marriage] advocates, the only acceptable sort of "tolerance" for their depraved and sinful lifestyles is the sort that lets them have everything they demand, while simultaneously redefining all traditional sexual moralities as bigotry and intolerance.
The reality is that there are things which, based on natural law, a healthy society does not tolerate. Societal approval and encouragement of sexually deviant behaviors is not something that has ever characterized a healthy society; usually it is a sign that the barbarians are at the gate, and that the forces of destruction embedded within the dying culture are simply aiding in the hastening of that society's eventual demise.