Note: I have changed the title of this post from "Mormons Celebrate Bigotry" to "Prop 8 Supporters Celebrate Denial of Rights" because I think it more accurately reflects what is depicted in the phot and because the old title was unnecessarily provocative and unfair--not all Mormons supported Proposition 8, and many who supported it did so grudgingly.
The Some Mormons, while mourning the Obama Presidential victory, are nonetheless celebrating the passage of Proposition 8 in California, which enshrines in the California Constitution discrimination against a minority of California's population--gays and lesbians, whose marriages will no longer be legally recognized in California. The These Mormons, including those who live in other states (such as Utah), were energetic and enthusiastic in working to deprive gays and lesbians of their right to marry. In working so hard to pass Proposition 8, the some Mormons continued a long tradition of their religion to oppose civil rights. In the 1960s, LDS leaders spoke strongly against civil rights for African-Americans, opposing integration and supporting politicians like George Wallace in his efforts to maintain "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever." LDS apostles argued that segregation was God-inspired, and that to end segregation was to act against God. For example, Elder Mark E. Petersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said in 1954 that:
Now we are generous with the Negro. We are willing that the Negro have
the highest education. I would be willing to let every Negro drive a
Cadillac if they could afford it. I would be willing that they have all
the advantages they can get out of life in the world. But let them
enjoy these things among themselves. I think the Lord segregated the
Negro and who is man to change that segregation? It reminds me of the
scripture on marriage, "what God hath joined together, let not man put
asunder." Only here we have the reverse of the thing - what God hath
separated, let not man bring together again. (Apostle Mark E. Peterson, Race Problems - As They Affect The Church, Convention of Teachers of Religion on the College Level, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, August 27, 1954)
For more quotes from LDS leaders on segregation and civil rights, see the Mormon Think web site.
The LA Times ran this photo of [some] Mormons [and others] celebrating their "victory" in denying gays and lesbians their constitutional rights:
Someday, I have a feeling many Mormons will be as embarrassed to have worked for the passage of Proposition 8 and to have been captured celebrating its passage, as they would be to have been captured in this photo: