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Cybill Shepherd Blames the Mormons & Catholics for the Passing of Proposition 8

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Cybill Shepherd Blames the Mormons & Catholics for the Passing of Proposition 8

Tennessee-born beauty Cybill Shepherd definitely isn’t one to waste words -- and had she no qualms in speaking out about who she thought was to blame for the passing of Proposition 8 in California's last election, which led to gay and lesbian marriage rights being overturned.

"The Mormons and Catholics," she told Tarts at the recent L.A Gay & Lesbian Center’s "An Evening With Women" celebration in Beverly Hills. "Most of the money came from Utah, it’s very unfortunate."

However Shepherd does feel that President Obama is doing enough for the cause.

"I think he is working hard at it, I really do. I am just so encouraged by Iowa and Vermont. We have a tough road ahead in California, but we'll be hittin’ within a year," she added with confidence.

The 59-year-old’s passion to pursue the fight for Gay & Lesbian rights actually stemmed from Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968.

"He was killed in my hometown of Memphis, three and a half miles from my high school and I’m a product of the segregated south and I got to see that hatred up close, live that hatred, colored only, whites only, and when he was killed I was stricken with guilt and shame," Shepherd added. "I felt as though I hadn't done enough to help the civil rights cause and as I gradually began to understand, what is the most recent excuse to deny people rights under the law? To treat them as less than human and once you get that kind of right thinking you realize how important it is to stand up for the gay and lesbian kids who are at greater risk because they don't have community support and sometimes their parents kick them out. Particularly in L.A we have more runaways then anywhere in the world."

So when it comes to Shepherd’s own faith, she’s developed quite the hybrid of religious convictions.

"I’m a Christian Pagan Buddhist Goddess worshiper, but I’m also a feminist. I think the ultimate glass ceiling is God, in another words, if we think God is a man, then we make man a God, and I studied and learned that there is a whole other history of the worshiping of the great mother," she explained. "I really think that probably God is a woman, that helped me to break through that celestial glass ceiling."

But going back to who Hollywood blames for Prop 8, while Shepherd said the Mormons and Catholics, Sharon Osbourne said it’s all to do with our former President.

"Bush, blame everything on Bush," she said.

Meanwhile "Dollhouse" dame Eliza Dushku and actress Jane Lynch believe it all just came down to an overall lack of understanding regarding the issue.

"Not enough voters turned out or not enough people are affected by Prop. 8 and what gay marriage is really about which is equality and peace," Dushku said. "And who could speak against either of those things?"

"I don’t blame. People voted with their own hearts and a lot of people are afraid of it because they've been told to be afraid of it and that’s too bad," added Lynch. "I wish they would think for themselves and not do what their Church tells them to do. Alot of people use the church as an excuse, and I don't like it and I don't buy it."

'Heroes' Star Jack Coleman Debates Jenny Mccarthy’s Link Between Autism And Childhood Vaccinations

The theory surrounding autism and vaccinations continues to be one of great controversy in Tinseltown. A firestorm was ignited in 2007 when Jenny McCarthy started advocating that her son’s autism was caused by vaccinations he had at fifteen months old. Soon after, fellow actress Amanda Peet (a spokesperson for Every Child By Two, a non-profit group that wants all kids vaccinated by age two) labeled anti-vaccine parents as "parasites" -- a term that McCarthy took great offense to.

And it looks as though the war is still waging, with "Heroes" star Jack Coleman telling Tarts at the first-ever "Heroes for Autism" event in Hollywood recently that in his belief the "autism/vaccine" link was unwarranted.

"My sister is a pediatrician and she is not beholden to pharmaceutical companies, which, I know, that’s the big conspiracy theory out there. They did huge research in Europe and they have not found any ties to it at all, there is no longer live mercury in any of these calculations," Coleman told Tarts. "I just think that from what I’ve read and heard I don’t think it’s connected. I do know that there is a MMR that it makes your child extremely cranky and sick but I personally don’t it contributes to autism, but I am not a doctor."

And despite McCarthy and her longtime lover Jim Carrey’s relentless lobbying to put pressure on the federal government to remove toxins from vaccines and fight for fewer childhood vaccinations prior to the age of 2, Coleman still supports immunization all the way.

"I have given my child every vaccination there is, but when you are related to a pediatrician, you tend to look much more kindly at vaccinations. As she says, ‘I’ve never seen a child die from an immunization but I have seen one die because of a whopping cough.’ What our grandparents would give to have those immunizations," he added. "If five years from now, science says that it is the cause, then I will eat my words, but I don’t see that happening."

A rep for McCarthy did not respond for comment.

Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

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