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Secret Documents Reveal Mormon Campaign to fight Same-Sex Marriage Since 1995
Documents published on http://www.Mormongate.com reveal a major effort by LDS senior church leaders to battle same-sex marriage in a number of states, including Hawaii. The documents are leaked internal Latter-day Saints memos and reveal details of the insidious and in many ways illegal campaign.
Photo by Justin Miel. Raging Grannies protest the passage of Prop 8 that narrowly passed in November.
Photo copyright by Justin Miel http://www.gotmiel.com
The LDS Church failed to report the full extent of its financial involvement last year in supporting a successful ban on same-sex marriage, but that's not all.
New Charges have been filed with the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Los Angeles-based *Californians Against Hate* says the church created the National Organization for Marriage in California in 2007 as a front group for its anti-gay agenda and failed to report the costs as required by state law.
It is widely held that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints delayed disclosure or vastly under-reported other nonmonetary contributions to the campaign.
As many as 1,025 individuals and businesses in Utah donated $3.8 million to Proposition 8 efforts. Meanwhile only 2 per cent of the California population is of the Mormon faith. The proposition banning same-sex marriage passed narrowly in November.
LGBQT activists are not sitting back and waiting while the proposition is being challenged before the California Supreme Court. Rallies and civil disobedience are being planned for the day of the Supreme Court's announcement across the nation. A decision to uphold marriages that took place before the passage of Prop 8, but deny future gay marriages in California, will NOT be considered a victory. A demonstration of historic measure is planned for Fresno, California on the Saturday following the decision no matter which way the decision goes.
Recently a member of the Raging Grannies of the San Francisco Bay Area said, "In the future we may actually have the LDS church to thank for bringing the issue of gay rights to the forefront as the civil rights issue of this generation. Their intervention in the politics of California, with vasts amount of money coming from the state of Utah, is reprehensible, and it may be their ultimate undoing. The struggle for equal rights for our LGBT selves, friends and loved ones will gather young and old in Fresno, a middle city between Los Angeles and San Francisco that has seen huge support for gay rights, despite what some call that city's middle-America values. We will be there on the Saturday after the Supreme Court decision, win or lose, to say our time has come to treat all people with fairness, respect, and full equality."
See also: http://www.RagingGrannies.com and http://www.meetinthemiddle.com for details of upcoming rallies, civil disobedience planned, and more.