Cybill Shepherd: Mormons, Catholics Responsible for Prop 8

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 03:52 PM

By Dan Weil

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Cybill Shepherd, while touting her passion against discrimination, told Fox News that Mormons and Catholics represented the key to success for California’s Proposition 8.

The initiative, which prohibits gay marriage, was passed in November with support from 52.2 percent of California voters.

Asked by Fox News who was to blame for that result, the famous actress said, “The Mormons and Catholics. Most of the money came from Utah, it’s very unfortunate."

She didn’t bother to blame African Americans, who voted for the proposition to the tune of 70 percent, according to CNN exit polls.

Shepherd also may be unaware that President Obama opposes same-sex marriage. She told Fox she is pleased with his effort.

"I think he is working hard at it, I really do. I am just so encouraged by Iowa and Vermont.” Gay marriage has been legalized in Iowa and will be legal in Vermont starting Sept. 1.

Shepherd says her commitment to gay rights originated in the 1968 murder of Martin Luther King.

“He was killed in my hometown of Memphis, three and a half miles from my high school. And I’m a product of the segregated south. And I got to see that hatred up close, live that hatred, colored only, whites only. And when he was killed, I was stricken with guilt and shame."

More Americans appear to be coming to accept the idea of same-sex marriage. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll indicates that 49 percent of citizens favor legalization, up from 32 percent in 2004. And among conservatives, the approval rate has tripled to 30 percent.

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