Guest post– an email sent by Glenn Cornett to his friends shortly after the passage of Prop. 8.
Many of you (this is a bcc list) know I am an actively-practicing Mormon (actually, all of you do now). I wish to make clear my thoughts on my church’s “successful” role in the passage of Proposition 8.
In short, I am happy neither with my church’s role nor with the results of its efforts.
I disagree profoundly with the bases (purported and actual) of support for Proposition 8, and am markedly disappointed that my tithing has gone (and continues to go) to a church that has supported what I consider something likely to be a last, wrongful stand against the dignity of same-sex relationships in California (and perhaps the nation). I believe that the dignity of my 20-year marriage is not threatened by allowing emotionally-committed same-sex couples to marry. Indeed, I believe the dignity of my marriage can instead be damaged by continuing to keep the institution of marriage itself something that is gratuitously divisive and destructive by forbidding the marriage of same-sex couples.
It will probably take less than a generation to correct the mass-electorate error in moral judgment that culminated in the passage of Proposition 8; the measure barely passed as it is. In the mean time, my church has materially compromised its credibility (and, for that matter, relevance) as a productive, favorable actor in civil society, and I am getting an increasing amount of reasonable, respectful questions from my friends as to how I can support my church with my participation and tithing. My responses [that I owe much to the LDS community and still find much that is positive in my church, including its extensive (largely unpublicized) humanitarian efforts; that I still have what I consider to be a meaningful spiritual experience as an active Mormon] have been coming across as decreasingly robust over the past several months.
For better or worse, I remain engaged in my religious community, but have been saddened by recent events. My sympathies go out to those of you who have felt particularly wronged by the passage of Proposition 8 and the efforts that supported it.
Glenn Cornett, MD, PhD