A white, middle-class family in their living room. Pictures of Jesus and the Washington Temple are visible on the wall behind the sofa.
Hello, we are Adam and Carol Henderson, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons. We're here today because the president of our church, the man we accept as the Lord's spokesman on earth, has asked us to do all we can in support of Proposition 8. We honor and sustain our prophet and that's why we urge you to support Proposition 8. We have a testimony that this amendment is what our Heavenly Father wants.
A single man, about thirty-five years old, placing hymnals in the pews of an empty LDS chapel. The camera follows.
My name is Clark. I'm a Mormon and also a homosexual. I'm going cast my vote for Proposition 8 this November. That's right, for. My church has asked its members to do this, and I try to do what the Brethren ask of me. You should know that I am celibate. I attend church and perform my callings to best of my ability. In my church homosexuals like me are treated like anyone else as long as we remain chaste. My church says that acting on same-gender attraction is a sin next to murder. I do not know why the Lord has made me this way, and yes, sometimes it's very lonely. I look forward to the next life when this struggle will be taken from me.
Elder M. Russell Ballard, speaking from a lectern. The background is dark.
With utmost solemnity I ask you, the citizens of California, to heed the Lord's designs for eternal marriage and vote Yes on Proposition 8. We know that banning gay marriage is not without controversy, yet let me be clear that at the heart of this issue is the central doctrine of eternal marriage and its place in our Father's plan. You see, gender plays an eternal role. Men hold the Priesthood and preside in the home. Women honor their roles as mothers and act as companions and helpmeets to their husbands. In mortality and in eternity this is the order of things.
I would have no trouble at all with honest, straightforward messages of a religious nature. If you believe that a prophet has spoken, by all means be up front about it. There is no need to hide this and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. However, don't make up bogey men ("sex ed for kindergartners!", "churches taxed!", "our kids recruited by gays!"). If the argument is a religous one, so be it. However, when you actually state the covert religious argument openly using plain language, it sounds horribly out of place in a public debate over a civil matter.
And in fact, it is out of place.