California’s Proposition 8 was an initiated measure, put on the ballot by signatures and passed by voters. It defined a legal marriage in California as being between one woman and one man.
Adding up the money both sides spent on Measure 8 the total came to about $80 million. Some estimate Mormons raised about half, or $20 million of the proponents side. In addition, something like 80% of the door to door work was staffed by Mormons.
As many will remember, after Measure 8 was passed by voters, it was ruled unconstitutional by a judge and an appeal of that decision was made to the Supreme Court. The State of California would not sponsor that appeal, so the churches, including the Mormons became the substitute appellants. The Supreme Court ruled yesterday they are not the appropriate parties to appeal and let the lower court rejection of Prop 8 stand.
Other denominations spend huge amounts of money, the Catholics included. There must have been internal debates about the wisdom of taking these large amounts of money and putting it toward Prop 8. One has to believe the hands of those factions who opposed this expenditure have now been strengthened.
In the past six months, there have been some indications Mormons are softening their resistance to gay marriage. Perhaps this new look was in anticipation of a Supreme Court defeat.
While we can be certain there will be church groups who remain opposed to gay marriage, I’m sure the big bucks for anti gay marriages signature drives, court battles and campaigns are gone for good.