A major battle has been won, but the war is not over. This will not be the end of attempts to alter the traditional family structure. Below is a talk given by Elder Neal A. Maxwell in 1978. These are prophetic words...

"Make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters, in the months and years ahead, events are likely to require each member to decide whether or not he will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions. President Marion G. Romney said, many years ago, that he had 'never hesitated to follow the counsel of the Authorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional or political life.'

"This is hard doctrine, but it is particularly vital doctrine in a society which is becoming more wicked. In short, brothers and sisters, not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes not being ashamed of the prophets of Jesus Christ. . . . Your discipleship may see the time when such religious convictions are discounted. . . . This new irreligious imperialism seeks to disallow certain opinions simply because those opinions grow out of religious convictions.

"Resistance to abrtion will be seen as primitive. Concern over the institution of the family will be viewed as untrendy and unenlightened.... Before the ultimate victory of the forces of righteousness, some skirmishes will be lost. Even in these, however, let us leave a record so that the choices are clear, letting others do as they will in the face of prophetic counsel. There will also be times, happily, when a minor defeat seems probable, but others will step forward, having been rallied to rightness by what we do. We will know the joy, on occasion, of having awakened a slumbering majority of the decent people of all races and creeds which was, till then, unconscious of itself. Jesus said that when the fig trees put forth their leaves, 'summer is nigh.' Thus warned that summer is upon us, let us not then complain of the heat."--- Elder Neal A. Maxwell

There is still a little hope in the state of California.


Carissa said...

I have heard a lot of talk about the judiciary throwing it out as an unconstitutional revision (rather than amendment) were it to pass. Do you think there's any chance of that? Didn't the state government have an opportunity to review the constitutionality of the proposition before it was placed on the ballot?

Gabriel said...

I have tried to find answers to your question. It seems the biggest threat to the constitutionality of Prop 8 revolves around ex post facto. Gay "marriage" was recognized by the state for several months. Ex post facto, which is also part of the constitution basically says you cannot pass a law that would take away the rights, or make a law and then prosecute someone who violated the law before it was passed. So this is the problem: people of the same gender were legally married under state law, the passage of the recent amendment specifically says that only marriage between a man and a woman will be recognized in California. If Prop 8 is thrown out, then the Constitution is truly dead. I will still be looking into this some more. Let me know if you find anything.