Tyler Barrick and Spencer Jones appear in this still from “8: The Mormon Proposition.”
Those of us who were in California during the election of 2008 (and many who weren’t) remember how quickly the tide seemed to turn when it came to the expected versus real outcome of the Proposition 8 vote. Also memorable from that time was the news that certain religious bodies, such as the Mormon Church, were instrumental in the pro-Prop. 8 campaign. Now, nearly two years after the fact, a new documentary is exploring the Mormon role in that controversial electoral moment. —KA
Los Angeles Times:
The controversial film the Stays are a part of is “8: The Mormon Proposition,” a documentary that argues that the Mormon Church, as a nonprofit religious organization, breached the barrier between church and state in its successful campaign to pass Prop. 8. The movie, released in theaters Friday, is also available on demand and through digital download channels. (Its release is especially timely, because last week a federal judge heard closing arguments in a lawsuit questioning the proposition’s constitutionality.)
In the documentary, internal church documents and interviews with former Mormons are used to give the story context. But its emotional grounding lies in the stories of Mormon families and gay individuals who have been personally affected by the church’s position.