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The Mormon church worked to hide its involvement in the 2008 effort to ban gay marriage in California, telling the Proposition 8 campaign that it wanted "plausible deniability" in its connections with the movement, documents revealed in a California courtroom Wednesday show.
In the seventh day of testimony in the landmark gay-marriage trial in San Francisco, lawyers for the gay-rights side presented emails showing "close links between the Proposition 8 campaign and leaders of the Catholic and Mormon churches," the Los Angeles Times reported.
One key email that got the attention of Julia Rosen at the Prop 8 Trial Tracker blog was one between officials of the Church of Latter-Day Saints and the Proposition 8 campaign, which read in part:
With respect to Prop. 8 campaign, key talking points will come from campaign, but cautious, strategic, not to take the lead so as to provide plausible deniability or respectable distance so as not to show that church is directly involved.
"Get that? The LDS Church intentionally worked to hide behind the scenes to disguise their involvement in the public realm," Rosen wrote. "The LDS Church is well aware that the general public does not have the most favorable opinion of them. Attention on their involvement could have hurt their cause, namely passing Prop 8."
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Last year, in response to some
of these concerns, the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 was enacted, to become effective January
1, 1996. 2 U.S.C. 1601 et seq. In addition to requiring organizations that engage in lobbying
to register and report on their activities, the Act provides that IRC 501(c)(4) organizations that
engage in lobbying are not eligible to receive Federal funds as an award, grant, or loan.1 Debate
concerning further, non-tax legislation continues.
Originally posted by sdcigarpig
A preacher can stand on a pulpit and state he is against gay marriage, but is not allowed to tell his congregation on how to vote, that is the essence of the seperation of churche and state on the part of the church.
SALT LAKE CITY 30 June 2008
The following letter was sent from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Church leaders in California to be read to all congregations on 29 June 2008:
Preserving Traditional Marriage and Strengthening Families
In March 2000 California voters overwhelmingly approved a state law providing that “Only marriage between a man and a
woman is valid or recognized in California.” The California Supreme Court recently reversed this vote of the people. On
November 4, 2 008, Californians will vote on a proposed amendment to the California state constitution that will now restore
the March 2000 definition of marriage approved by the voters.
The Church’s teachings and position on this moral issue are unequivocal. Marriage between a man and a woman is
ordained of God, and the formation of families is central to the Creator’s plan for His children. Children are entitled to be
born within this bond of marriage.
A broad-based coalition of churches and other organizations placed the proposed amendment on the ballot. The Church
will participate with this coalition in seeking its passage. Local Church leaders will provide information about how you may
become involved in this important cause.
We ask that you do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time to
assure that marriage in California is legally defined as being between a man and a woman. Our best efforts are required to
preserve the sacred institution of marriage.
Style guide note: When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of
the Church in the first reference. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online style guide.
So if it is true, what should the consequences of their actions be.
So the Mormon Church is anti gay but dosen't have the guts to admit it. Then worked behind the scenes to influence votes. So much for seperation of Church and State. But we all knew that was BS anyway.
Originally posted by Bilw85
I wouldn't be so quick to call mormons Christian.