Here's the statement the Mormon church issued via mormonnewsroom.com ("the official resource for news media, opinion leaders and the public"). The first paragraph is absolutely priceless:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regrets today’s decision. California voters have twice determined in a general election that marriage should be recognized as only between a man and a woman. We have always had that view. Courts should not alter that definition, especially when the people of California have spoken so clearly on the subject. [emphasis mine]Mormons have always had the view that marriage is between a man and a woman?
This bogus "religion" was founded by convicted fraud and confabulist Joseph Smith, a man who swore that an angel actually held him at swordpoint and forced him, on pain of damnation, to marry multiple women.
The same God that has thus far dictated me and directed me and strengthened me in this work, gave me this revelation and commandment on celestial and plural marriage, and the same God commanded me to obey it. He said to me that unless I accepted it, and introduced it, and practiced it, I, together with my people would be damned and cut off from this time henceforth. We have got to observe it. It is an eternal principle and was given by way of commandment and not by way of instruction. [emphasis mine]Eventually Smith would marry at least 33 women and girls; among them 10 teenagers (between 14 and 19) and 5 sets of sisters — one pair that were his foster daughters. Some of the adult women this lecherous scumbag wed were already married to some of his followers.
- Prophet Joseph Smith, Contributor, Vol. 5, p. 259
Not to be outdone, Smith's successor, Brigham Young, married 55 women and girls; among them 10 teenagers (between 14 and 19) and this pig didn't mind marrying some other poor dumbshit's wife either.
Even for the era, this was all very, very bizarre and creepy. Polygamy was already illegal in every state when the Mormons started doing it, and the average age of a woman during her first marriage in 1890 was 22*. Marrying a 14-year-old back then was about as fucked up as it is today.
Mormons finally abandoned the "eternal principle" of multiple marriage when they were force to concede that courts actually do have the power to legally alter their definition of marriage.
And speaking of courts, the dissent in the Prop 8 case came from Judge N. Randy Smith who thought it perfectly rational and Constitutionally valid for Californians to vote gays out the US Constitution.
Judge Smith is a graduate of Brigham Young University.
(*During Shakespeare's time the average age was 27, during the American Revolution 25.1, and currently it's 25.3 — the point being this average is rather more consistent that one might expect, and certainly older that you've probably been led to believe.)