Sunday, October 26, 2008

Many Mormons confused about California's Prop. 8

By Darnell Washington, Newsophile Staff Writer

LAKE FOREST, CA -- Although members of the Mormon faith in California and elsewhere have given millions to support Prop. 8, which would change the state's constitution to define marriage as solely a union between a man and a woman, many individual donors report being misled and regret their donations because they mistakenly thought it would have brought a return to polygamous marriage.

Mark Osborn, a church elder in Lake Forest, a leafy suburb of inland Orange County, CA, claims that his understanding was that Mormons should support Prop. 8 because it would redefine marriage as not between just a single man and a woman, but the plural form of "men" and "women."

"We were so excited about living our lives openly. My wives were already out there scouting to register at various stores so we could send out wedding invitations on November 5th," Osborn says. "But if I still can't legally marry my seven beautiful ladies, then what's the difference? There's a lot of crying going on at the Osborn house these days."

Consequently, and out of spite for what he says is being deliberately misled by church headquarters in Utah, Osborn plans to vote down the controversial measure. His seven wives, who he will not allow to vote out of long-standing church policy, support his decision.