Thousands protested in Salt Lake City tonight

Sounds like the Mormons have created a bit of a problem for themselves.

The protest against California’s Proposition 8 vote has come to Utah with a march in downtown Salt Lake City. Though the crowd started out small, police estimate it has grown to somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000 people.

They are upset that the financial support The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave to support the pro-Proposition 8 group. But the Church is upset it’s being singled out from a large group of Prop 8 supporters.

At around 6 p.m., the rally was just getting underway at Temple Square. Salt Lake protesters call this solidarity with members of “No on Prop 8” who have marched around the Los Angeles LDS temple.

They are pointing at this faith because they say Latter-day Saints donated a majority of the money raised to push the vote through. Organizer Jacob Whipple says 77 percent of all donations for Proposition 8 came from the Church.

It seems the Mormons are now claiming they’re being scapegoated and it was really the religious right’s and the Catholics’ fault. Sorry, but when you donate nearly 80% of the money to the anti-gay effort, and you drop in on state and state doing the same thing, dropping loads of money to promote legislative gay-bashing, then you are the problem and you are to blame.

At some point the Mormon Church needs to learn that they’re not the only people with the right to free speech. They have the right to bankroll bigotry and we have the right to publicly call them on it. And we finally are.


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