The timetable for Gay rights to marry in Alaska is listed HERE.
No explanation was given on HOW allowing some Gay couple to marry would destroy traditional marriage. Neither was an explanation ever given exactly how the state has a compelling interest in who its citizens should or should not be allowed to marry.
So, I wrote a letter to my bishop saying that until I had a good argument to vote to limit the Constitutional freedoms guaranteed in the Alaska Constitution, I could not vote for this amendment -- AND WOULD DONATE MY FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO DEFEATING THE NEW AMENDMENT.
I thought about this constantly for the next two weeks. When I voted at the voting booth, I voted AGAINST my conscience and FOR the amendment. I hated myself for it. It was only one vote, but it was a vote FOR ignorance, bigotry and FOR the improper authority of church leaders over their members. But, I knew that without a temple recommend, I not only could not answer that question the way that I had to, but neither would I be allowed to be in attendance at my daughter's wedding -- that I knew would probably soon happen in the next few years in an LDS temple.
So, the sly Stake President had brought the issue to a head. He re-framed the issue as obedience AND had called in the original temple covenant so that they could do as they liked [or were inspired] without giving members a path of escape path to wiggle through.
Yes, I got my temple recommend back -- but at a price for BOTH me AND the church. I got the feeling that I could still go to the temple whenever I needed to -- but I promised myself secretly that I would NEVER again allow someone that kind of authority over my life -- if there is anything else that I can do about it.