BYU Student Defends Prop. 8 Editorial

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com September 16 2010 2:05 PM ET

A Brigham Young University student who wrote an editorial criticizing the Mormon establishment for backing and heavily financing the efforts to ban marriage equality in California has found himself defending his words and his faith.

According to ABC News, Cary Crall, a senior at BYU, submitted a letter to the editor of The Daily Universe, the campus newspaper. The letter was first rejected, then published as a guest editorial, but then removed from the newspaper's website for being too offensive, a faculty adviser said.

"If the real reason for supporting the amendment is a privately held religious opinion and belief in a prophet — that a prophet is telling us to do it — then we need to be honest about that and take the consequences," Crall told ABC News. "I think the Mormon community owes that kind of introspection to the rest of the world for our actions in Proposition 8."