And we won! We triumphed over a hateful initiative started by our state legislature as a distraction. This stupid, stupid amendment forced millions to be spent on both sides and that sucks. But you know what else? It has laid the groundwork towards getting gay marriages recognized in Minnesota. It doesn’t end here. It just got started. So we can thank the fear-mongers for that.
I haven’t been to my LDS ward since August because I got sick of hearing jabs at the government in talks. I got tired of hearing how society is in decay and the traditional family is under attack. While I’m grateful that the church did not take the aggressive role in MN that it did in CA during prop 8, its position was clear.
I said I wouldn’t return to an LDS chapel until after the election because it hurt my heart too much. After the victories of Tuesday – Obama won, the DFL took back the majority in the MN legislature, two unnecessary state amendments didn’t pass, and a Mormon with questionable business and financial ethics lost – I’ve joked with friends that it’s tempting to go to the next fast & testimony meeting and misuse the opportunity like so many others often do and gloat. How fun would it be to say my testimony was strengthened because God answered the prayers of so many by shutting down people who seek to oppress others yet ignore their own issues, who “strain at gnats but swallow camels” ala Matthew 23:24. I’d thank members who fasted for Romney because it was God’s will that he go back to the private sector and that was a success. Then I’d do a victory dance back to my pew. Or the door. LOL Of course, I wouldn’t do any of that. But it’s fun to imagine!