The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.

I will still not be silent.

Two nights ago I watched 8: The Mormon Proposition, which is a fantastically-made documentary chronicling the gay community's fight against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and their funding of California's Proposition 8.

Nobody who reads this doesn't know what Prop 8 was or what damage it has done, so I can save myself the time and tears it would take to write that down.

But if y'all haven't seen this film -- see it. It's the story of one of the first male couples to get married in the state of California; they were married on the first day it was legal at the San Francisco courthouse. They were so happy, and the officiator was happy, and everyone else in the courthouse was happy. But their families weren't happy. One mom was happy, and she was so happy and so perfect. But the rest of them...they were all Mormon.

One groom was descended directly from the first polygamist Mormon to ever be chased out of town for his "alternative marriage" practices. What a family history, eh?

I already knew all of the facts and all of the shocking sound bytes and the illegality of the entire situation. But the part that really tore me up about it was the inhumanity of the situation.

These people just sat there -- LDS elders, elected officials, and just regular citizens -- spewing hate with every sentence. They quoted their "scriptures" and their "laws" and their "morals" like it was no big deal to call people the devil, and call them abominations and call them damned. TO THEIR FACES. It was disgusting.

Normally, I try really hard to keep an even keel about stuff I can't stand. At least, you know, publicly. I'm actually not sure that's true, but, I guess I don't like to stoop to the level of those doing the hating in the first place.

But this?

I can't do it.

I will never stop fighting these people. I will never spend a single day forgetting that this battle needs to be fought and that I need to fight it. I will not rest until every single one of them realizes that they are hatemongers and that they are wasting the Gospel on their lies.

On November 5, 2008, I wrote these words in a Facebook note:

Okay, so Prop 8 passed. We've all seen the numbers. But what we've also seen is the most incredible acts of patriotism and love in the voices of those who spoke out against this discrimination.

I was only able to attend a few rallies in these last few weeks, but in those hours, I was so inspired by the perseverance of those who fought for their rights and the rights of their neighbors. In Simi Valley, Jocelyn and I painted shirts, emblazoned, "LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR," followed by John 13:34-35. Jesus said, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another. By this, everyone will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." We painted "Christians for LGBTQ Rights" on the backs of our shirts. I carried a neon green sign that read, "CHRISTIANS AGAINST PROP 8" in huge letters.

How many heads shook in my direction? Countless. How many people yelled, "READ YOUR BIBLE!" our their car windows? Countless. How many children, on the advice of their parents, yelled, "YES ON 8!" out their car windows? Countless. But how many horns honked in support? How many smiles, waves, and peace signs were thrown my way? How many votes for equality were pledged? Countless.

It is just so devastating to see that our efforts were foiled by ignorance and hatred. But we will not back down. We will take this fight to the steps of the White House. We will take this fight to the United States Supreme Court. We will fight until every American has the right to be human.

This is just the beginning. We did not work this hard and get this far to be silent, now. We will not be silent. Change is coming.


Those feelings are all back. I will still not be silent.

Callan Rielly McCluskey!

Two posts in one day because this is just so important. (Untrue.)