One of the common claims coming from the Mormon Church is that they love gay people and favor justice, they just have to protect the sanctity of eternal marriage. But three new polls taken in Utah suggest that this may be more rhetoric than reality.
First, the good news. Utah residents – only 2/3 of which are Mormons – do favor some changes in a pro-gay direction. For example, 56% of Utahns favor some additional legal protections such as hospital visitation and inheritance. And a poll by Equality Utah is claiming that majorities of Utah residents favor job and housing protection.
But that’s about where the good news ends. Of the polled Utah Mormons,
- 67% think you should not be allowed to adopt,
- 85% oppose civil unions,
- 85% think it was appropriate to urge members to donate time and money to Proposition 8,
- 58% think it was inappropriate for gays to protest outside the LDS temple grounds, and
- less than half think you should be allowed hospital visitation, inheritance rights, and job protections.
Not all positions that one might hold contrary to the interests of gay equality are an indication of bigotry.
But, seriously, hospital visitation? Inheritance?