Why Elder Oaks’ Civil-Rights Analogy Works

Most coverage of Elder Oaks’ talk on Religious Freedom has centered on one sentence that analogized the intimidation of those trying to exercise their civil rights in the 1960’s with those of today.

Speaking of the backlash following the passage of Proposition 8, Elder Oaks said [emphasis added]:

These incidents were expressions of outrage against those who disagreed with the gay-rights position and had prevailed in a public contest. As such, these incidents of “violence and intimidation” are not so much anti-religious as anti-democratic. In their effect they are like the well-known and widely condemned voter-intimidation of blacks in the South that produced corrective federal civil-rights legislation.

That last sentence generated the following lede from the Associated Press which most other news outlets used in their coverage.

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