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The World According to M.I.S.S.: 8: The Mormon Proposition

Equal rights, but only for some of us...

Equal rights, but only for some of us...

Proposition 8, or otherwise known as the California Marriage Protection Act, was passed during California’s state elections in November of 2008. Changing the California constitution, the act validates marriage between a man and a woman, otherwise turning over the Supreme Courts previous ruling that same sex couples had the constitutional right to wed. We know this right? Well, what we don’t know about Proposition 8 is the Morman Church’s active involvement in the passage of Prop 8 and their openness and opinions on the rights the LGBT community should have. Which apparently is none…

Mormons in California and Utah, following their prophet’s call to action, wage spiritual warfare, fueled with money and religious fervor, against LGBT citizens and their fight for equality. This exploration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ involvement in the passage of California’s Proposition 8 reveals a secretive, decades-long campaign against lesbians’ and gays’ right to marriage.

Sundance Film Festival entry 8: The Mormon Proposition takes a look at the Mormon church’s role in developing Proposition 8, accusing the church of political meddling in what’s been deemed gay rights biggest fight. Created by former Mormon Steven Greenstreet and journalist Reed Cowan, The Mormon Proposition utilizes official church documents, recordings, and interviews with Mormon leaders, gay rights activists, and former members of the church to display how the Mormon church dug into other territory to make certain Prop 8 passed

“8” also explores the broader impact of what the filmmakers describe as the church’s historically intolerant attitude toward gays, using tales of suicide attempts by young Mormons struggling with their sexual orientations and men still grappling with memories of the shock treatments they endured in order to “cure” them of their homosexuality.

Opening in select theaters June 18, 2010, be sure to check out the trailer below.

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