Last night I read this
article by an LDS police officer in L.A. Throughout this election time, I've been thankful I'm no longer a California resident. That's not the right attitude to have, especially considering this battle is very likely to come to New York next, but that's how I've felt. I grew up in L.A. and I've listened to my parents' descriptions of what things are like there, and what it was like to be involved in the campaign. For some reason, it didn't really hit home until I read this article. The pictures were as disturbing as the content, if not more. That temple was a symbol for me growing up. I first did baptisms for the dead there. One by one, my older siblings got married there. I received my endowment there, and finally, DH and I were married there too. I couldn't sleep last night, thinking back to our wedding day and trying to imagine if we would have postponed it had this been going on at the time. How do you smile for pictures with an angry mob watching you, many of them coveting the very thing you are doing and willing to go to great lengths to ruin the day for you at the very least, if not cause you bodily harm? And when has it been okay for worship to be halted due to harassment and intimidation? How does that make things right in the eyes of the protesters? And I know they aren't necessarily representative of everyone who voted no on prop 8, and there are many on both sides of the issue who are appalled at their behavior. But the fact remains, they succeeded in closing the temple for awhile. Similar things happened at the Oakland temple, and DH said the ward he grew up in in the bay area had protesters at their church last Sunday. I am tempted to say it's evidence of just how divisive an issue this is, that this will probably separate some wheat from some tares, but why haven't there been riots in Florida, which passed a more stringent version of Prop 8? And it seems our church is the easiest target of all the churches who worked on this issue. I'm not sure where I'm going with all this, but I no longer say I'm glad the elections are over and we don't have to hear about it anymore. I fear this is just the beginning.