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White powder scare leads to Mormon temple closure

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 13, 2008 | 9:32 pm

Protests against the proponents of Proposition 8 have gotten way out of hand.

I understood when 1,000 activists picketed in front of the Westwood Mormon temple last week, holding up signs like “I only want 1 wife.” But yesterday gay-marriage advocates got absolutely ugly when the manager of El Coyote, a West Hollywood restaurant and night club popular with the gay community, apologized for giving money through her church to Yes on 8.

And today the Westwood Mormon temple closed after employees received an envelope containing an unidentified white powder. A similar envelope was sent to the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City.

The irony here is painfully clear. Gay advocates want the Mormon church to leave gays alone, and are mad at the church and its members for giving $14 million to the ballot measure that will amend the California Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. But in their response they are being just as intolerant, if not more so. Gays and lesbians may disagree with what Mormons believe, but discriminating against them for it is no better.

Wow ... that was unusually preachy ...

In other Prop. 8 news, efforts are already underway to get a ballot measure ready for 2010 that would repeal the ban on gay marriage. Legal challenges are also in the works.

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