But what irked me in the Washington Post's coverage* of this is this statement by Church spokesperson, Michael Otterson:
"The church supports these ordinances because they are fair and reasonable and do not do violence to the institution of marriage," Michael Otterson, the director of public affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said.The emphasis is mine and begs this question: how do marriage rights for same-sex couples incite violence against the "traditional" institution of marriage?
First of all, the use of the word violence is inflammatory and incites fear and hatred. Secondly, and I've said this before, the institution of marriage as managed by hetrosexual couples doesn't exactly have a stellar record of non-violence or wholly-owned and utter sanctity. And thirdly, discrimination is discrimination, regardless of the demographic. Laws like this shouldn't require the blessing or sanction of any church.
That is all.
* The same quote can be found in the Salt Lake Tribune's coverage, too.