2008: Mormons join California marriage battle / WorldMag.com

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Mormons join California marriage battle
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Mickey McLean
September 22, 11:57 AM

Proponents of California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative—which, if passed, would reverse a court-ordered right given to same-sex couples to marry in the state—have received a recent boost in fund-raising from Mormons.

According to The Wall Street Journal, donations from members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has accounted for more than a third of the $15.4 million raised in support of Prop 8 since June 1. In contrast, those opposing the initiative have collected around $13 million in donations. All of a sudden in the last few weeks they are out-raising us, and it appears to be Mormon money,” Steve Smith, a consultant for No on 8, Equality for All, told the Journal.

The catalyst for all this Mormon giving was a letter sent out by the church’s top leadership, known as the First Presidency, which called on church members to “do all you can” to support Prop 8.

This commitment and level of support from Mormons has led to alliances with evangelicals.

Jim Garlow, a San Diego–area pastor and supporter of Prop 8, told the Journal, “I would not, in all candor, have been meeting them or talking with them had it not been for Prop 8.” He added that although theological differences remain “unbridgeable,” he would be happy to work with “anyone else who would be willing to roll up their sleeves and go to work to try to preserve marriage between a man and a woman. That’s our interest.”

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