Prop. 8 Petition Drive Was a Religious Affair

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The plaintiffs have a chance of overturning Proposition 8 if they can show that animus or impermissible moral disapproval motivated California's same-sex marriage ban, so the defendants have denied assertions that faith animus was their guiding principle.

That got some GLBT activists wondering how the petitions were circulated to get Prop. 8 on the ballot in the first place. Wouldn't you know it? Nearly every signing station in California was in a church or faith-based locale--including 19 of the 20 listed spots in Orange County and Long Beach.

Though the election was in 2008, a list of the more than 200 petition locations remains proudly displayed on the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) website.

According to the GLBT activist site Good As You, "We count six locations [KGDP Radio, a Salvation Army location, Assemblyman Joel Anderson's Office (and related Taxfighters for Anderson group), NOM's own office, America's Finest Flooring and Design Center, and the Law Office of Ron Townsend] that were/are not exclusive houses of worship."

"But even then: KGPD is a Christian radio station, and the Salvation Army is a Christian organization. Plus, we all know NOM leads with personal faith, first and foremost. So it's really just the assemblyman, the lawyer, and the design center that varied from the decided-upon format (even though they, too, were likely faith-motivated)."

Townsend's office is in Tustin, and it is the only non-church/-faith-based company in Orange County or Long Beach on the NOM list.

Let us pray:

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    Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa
    Regional Center
    3800 S. Fairview Rd.
    Santa Ana, CA 92704
    (714) 979-4422

    Calvary Chapel East Anaheim
    5605 E. La Palma Ave.
    Anaheim, CA 92807
    (714) 695-9656

    Calvary Chapel Orange
    826 W. Katella Ave.
    Orange, CA 92867
    (714) 633-4413

    Calvary Chapel Rancho Santa Margarita
    30615 Avenida De Los Flores
    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
    (949) 858-6170

    Calvary Chapel West Grove
    12832 Knott St.
    Garden Grove, CA 92841
    (714) 897-8972

    Christian Educators Association International
    227 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste. 2
    Anaheim, CA 92801
    (714) 761-1477

    Creekside Christian Fellowship
    4849 Alton Pkwy.
    Irvine, CA 92602
    (714) 368-1850

    Eastside Christian Church
    2505 Yorba Linda Blvd.
    Fullerton, CA 92831
    (714) 871-6844

    First Baptist Church of Yorba Linda
    18372 E. Lemon Dr.
    Yorba Linda, CA 92886
    (714) 777-2646

    First Southern Baptist Church
    840 N. Shattuck Place
    Orange, CA 92867
    (714) 639-2070

    La Semilla
    940 W. Wilshire Ave.
    Santa Ana, CA 92707
    (714) 957-3131

    Orange County Southern Baptist Association
    250 N. Golden Circle, Ste. 104
    Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 547-5409

    7800 Edinger Ave.
    Huntington Beach, CA 92647
    (714) 891-9495

    South Coast Christian Assembly
    31501 Avenida Los Cerritos
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    (949) 240-4777

    Law Office of Ron Townsend
    800 S. Beach Blvd., Ste. A
    La Habra, CA 90631

    Calvary Chapel North Long Beach
    Regional Center
    5722 Lime Ave.
    Long Beach, CA 90805
    (562) 423-0447

    Calvary Chapel of Long Beach
    3960 N. Studebaker Rd., Ste. 11
    Long Beach, CA 90808
    (562) 497-1154

    Calvary Chapel Pacific Coast
    6400 Westminster Blvd.
    Westminster, CA 92683
    (714) 893-4141

    Fil-Am Christian Fellowship
    3190 Magnolia Ave.
    Long Beach, CA 90806
    (562) 492-9616

    Long Beach Harbor Southern Baptist Association
    5704 Orange Ave.
    Long Beach, CA 90805
    (562) 984-8110

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Hardly breaking news, we always have known where the animus toward the gay community originates; and the Republicans have been using churches as their organizing centers since the days of Reagan. Still, it's nice to have it documented.


Of course it was moral disapproval that got Prop 8 a meager 52% of the vote. We don't need the petition signing locations to understand that, although it does underscore the distaste and disapproval that drove the petition signers, and Prop 8 supporters. Not one credible reason has been given to deny gays the right to marriage, other than those steeped in religious beliefs and others founded in condemning gay sex. Neither will stand up to scrutiny. We saw how the Surpeme Court is leaning on this yesterday, as they brushed aside a request to allow the voters of DC a chance to enshrine discimination into law.


Every group needs a bogeyman. With Christians, it's the gays. With Scientologists, it's psychiatrists. With Republicans, it's Democrats. And with the OCW, it's white people. (I kid, I kid.)


that was actually funny!

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