Film looks at Mormon role in boosting Prop 8 defeat of same-sex marriage
8: The Mormon Proposition
Jul 13, 2010
Is it a love letter from liberal Mormons to their church, or a Michael Moore–style hit piece aimed at Mormon leaders?
The film 8: The Mormon Proposition explores the role of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in repealing same-sex marriage in California nearly two years ago. After debuting at last winter’s Sundance Film Festival, the film opened in 15 cities nationwide on June 18.
Director Reed Cowan had originally set out to document homeless and suicidal Mormon teens when another topic caught his attention.
In 2008, about six months after Cali fornia’s Supreme Court had struck down a ban on gay marriage, voters approved Proposition 8, a referendum that restricts marriage to heterosexual couples.
Lawrence Wood and Barbara Wheeler on lay pastors, Martin E. Marty on God's forgetfulness, Barbara Brown Taylor on life before computers.
Lord have mercy
Apr 09, 2015
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).