2008: LDS Church Responds to Prop 8 Ad / LDS.com

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LDS Church responds to Prop. 8 ad
November 3, 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement today in reaction to what some are calling a particularly vicious attack ad in California’s Proposition 8 battle over same-sex marriage.

The ad, targeting Latter-day Saint missionaries, started on the Internet and is scheduled to air on TV tomorrow.

The anti-Proposition 8 group Courage Coalition released the ad on YouTube. In the ad, two young men dressed as Mormon missionaries visit a lesbian couple then proceed to confiscate their wedding rings and tear apart their marriage license.

While experts we talked to called the ad “offensive” and “over-the-top,” Courage Campaign leaders say it’s a final attempt to influence votes.

“It went up on YouTube this weekend, and we were able to find some money to put it on the air tomorrow. Had we been able to go quicker, we would have,” said Courage Campaign founder Rick Jacobs.

Latter-day Saint Church leaders issued this statement today: “The Church has joined a broad-based coalition in defense of traditional marriage. While we feel this is important to all of society, we have always emphasized that respect be given to those who feel differently on this issue. It is unfortunate that some who oppose this proposition have not given the Church this same courtesy.”
A communications scholar says negative ads are part of the American election process, but this ad goes beyond that.

Dr. Dennis Alexander, professor emeritus of the University of Utah communications department
“These young men rummaging through these women’s house, or that sort of thing, you know, smacks of the same fear factor that if you’re not with us real Americans, then you’re terrorists. It’s so bizarre, it’s over the top,” said Dr. Dennis Alexander, professor emeritus of the University of Utah communications department.

Alexander continued, “It’s this assault attack, where one goes after the character of the individual, or in this case, the character of a church, or whoever they think are the proponents or opponents of it, and it’s annihilation politics.”

Polls in California show the vote is likely to be very close. Tonight, it’s too close to call: only 3 points separate the sides, and that’s within the margin of error.

We’ll have complete coverage of the vote tomorrow on Eyewitness News.

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  1. Excal

    What needs to be said, but seldom is, has to do with the homosexual sex act itself. It’s perverted. It is an abomination, but few are ready to acknowledge it.This is the real reason why the LDS Christians oppose SSM, and why non-LDS Christians oppose it, or should oppose it. God has forbidden man to lie with man, because it perverts the purpose of sex and marriage.When Mormons teach their children about marriage, it’s in the context of a bond and relationship that will never end, passing through death, standing before the judgment seat of God, rising in the resurrection, and dwelling with the billions of families that will inhabit the earth for a thousand years, preparing for its coming transformation into a celestial abode, when the old earth and the old heavens shall pass away, as a new earth and a new heavens replace them. In that day, the former earth and the former heavens will not be remembered, or come to mind. However, this great hope and glorious vision of the future is forever lost to those who, for whatever reason, reject the path that leads to their part in it.Yet, that is their business, and they have the God-given right to choose what they will believe, or will not believe. Nevertheless, it would be foolish to think that the Mormons don’t understand how their children will have to withstand the persuasion of those who will come among them saying, “Believe it not!” They will be cajoled, prodded, brow beaten, scorned and even persecuted for their faith in the sanctity of marriage. They will be urged to reject it as folly, to look upon it narrowly and consider it as a foolish and a vain hope, in a thousand subtle, and some not so subtle, ways, and, alas, many will surely succumb, choosing to believe it not.Do you think, then, that the Mormons don’t have the right, indeed the duty, to defend their position, for their children’s sake? Should they not be expected to seek to firmly establish the holiness of marriage in the minds of the people, striving to circumscribe and minimize, in every legal and ethical manner possible, the power and influence of those whose persuasion in the schools, in the media, and in the halls of the state, is, and ever will be, exerted to deny it, to the utmost of their ability?Institutionalizing perversion, officially calling good evil and evil good, allows it to be taught in public schools, written into public laws, accepted as the community standard, and treated as a publicly sanctified norm, to which no opposition can be brooked.Clearly, we must oppose such a move, and resist those who seek to establish it, for whatever reason, or face the consequences, when we are fully ripened in our iniquity, like the cities of the plain.

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