Forget Obama vs. McCain. The real battle Tuesday is between Jeff Kent and Steve Young (and, I guess, the thousands of people who would be affected by Proposition 8). The former 49ers quarterback is speaking out against and giving money to defeat the controversial measure that would ban gay marriage in California. Making it even more interesting, he is breaking with the Mormon Church on the issue.
Young is a direct descendant of Brigham Young (I guess technically making him a legacy at BYU) and a very visible member of the LDS church, even starring in Myths & Reality, an informational video on the church. (I could totally embed it, but I wouldn’t ask you to watch a 10-minute video on the Mormons. It’s here, if you really want.) So it’s all the more impressive that he’s willing to go against its official stance for something he believes in. Giordano Bruno was executed for less than that.
Young and his wife Barb have put signs reading “No On Prop 8″ on their lawn, and given $37,000 (which more than cancels out Jeff Kent’s $15,000) to help defeat the amendment.
While it’s Barb Young’s name that appears on the checks, she made it clear in a statement issued today through Equality California that the contributions are a family affair.
“We believe ALL families matter and we do not believe in discrimination, therefore, our family will vote against Prop. 8,” she said.
Compare that with a letter the church sent to all members in June, which read, in part:
We ask that you do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time to assure that marriage in California is legally defined as being between a man and a woman.
I could make a bad joke about a faith that used to allow plural marriage being against gay marriage. I could even make a pretty good joke about Terrell Owens saying that Jeff Garcia is the 49ers QB who should be up in arms. But Prop 8 really isn’t a laughing matter. We try to stay away from politics at SbB but I can’t say enough good things about Steve Young for taking a stand. Californian readers, I know you won’t have much of a say in the Presidential Election, but it’s still very important you vote on Tuesday.