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began plotting against gay marriage for decade, memo shows

began plotting against gay marriage for decade, memo shows


(Salt Lake City, Utah) The Church of Latter Day Saints began putting together a game plan 10 years ago to ensure same-sex marriage would not become legal, a internal church memo shows.

The document, obtained by Salt Lake City ABC affiliate KTVX, was sent by a member of the LDS General Authority to a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, the church’s governing body. 

Dated March 4, 1997, the memo mentions a meeting with Gordon B. Hinckley, who was then President of the Church, and quotes Hinckley as saying the Mormons need to “move ahead” with the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

Hinckley, according to the 11-year old document, suggests joining forces with the Roman Catholic Church.

“The public image of the Catholic Church is higher than our Church. In other words, if we get into this, they are the ones with which to join,” the memo quotes him as saying.

He also warned in the memo that the Church should not be seen as the lead instigator in the fight against gay marriage.

KTVX showed the memo to current Mormon officials who said they could not verify the authenticity of the document but believe it is authentic.

The Mormon Church was one of the leaders, with the Catholic Church and evangelical Protestant churches, in the passage of Proposition 8, the amendment to the California constitution that limits marriage to opposite-sex couples.

The Church put an estimated $25 million into the battle to end gay marriage in California and has become a prime target of LGBT civil rights groups. At one protest, in front of a Mormon temple in Oakland, there were so many demonstrators the California Highway Patrol had to close off a highway exit ramp fearing some demonstrators could be hit by traffic.

In Utah, the Mormon Church says that eight of its temples have been vandalized since the passage of Prop 8 in California.

Some 18,000 same-sex couples have married since the California Supreme Court struck down a state ban on same-sex marriage. That ruling prompted Proposition 8.

LGBT rights groups have appealed the outcome of the vote to the state Supreme Court, arguing the initiative process was improperly used in an attempt to undo the constitution’s core commitment to equality for everyone, by eliminating a fundamental right from just one group – lesbian and gay Californians.

The groups in their petition to the court also say that Proposition 8 improperly attempts to prevent the courts from exercising their essential constitutional role of protecting the equal protection rights of minorities.

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November 28, 2008 at 9:49 pm

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