Friday, October 24, 2008

Mormons Dominating the Fight Against Gay Marriage in California

Andrew Sullivan's been following the story:
In California, this letter was sent to every congregation in California with direct instructions that it be read last June. Money quote:

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... 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.

And it's working:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has mobilized followers to give an estimated 77% of donations to support California's proposed marriage ban.

Californians Against Hate released figures Tuesday showing that $17.67 million was contributed by 59,000 Mormon families since August to groups like Yes on 8. Contributions in support of Prop. 8 total $22.88 million. Additionally, the group reports that Mormons have contributed $6.9 million to pass a a similar law, Proposition 102, in Arizona.

"It is a staggering amount of money and an even more staggering percentage of the overall campaign receipts," Fred Karger of Californians Against Hate said in a press release. "The Mormon Church, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has hijacked the campaigns in both California and Arizona, where voters face constitutional amendments to end same-sex marriage."


You can counter a little of this evil by donating to the good guys.

This seems like something we atheists should mobilize on -- and even better if we can get our liberal religious friends to do so as well. Unfortunately, it might already be too late.

11 comments:

dbackdad said...

Good post. It's not common knowledge but Mormons are really the driving force behind these things. I talked a bit about the Arizona one here.

Holy Hyrax said...

>"The Mormon Church, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has hijacked the campaigns in both California and Arizona, where voters face constitutional amendments to end same-sex marriage."

I'm a little confused by this term "hijacked." Are other initiatives (which ever ones) never supported financially by people/organizations outside of state?

Holy Hyrax said...

I mean, would we be shocked to discover "Californians against hate" supported other measures in other locations?

Jewish Atheist said...

I don't think there's anything wrong with a group donating money to a campaign in another state (although aren't there tax issues if a church is doing it?) The point is just that people might not realize HOW MUCH the Mormons are disproportionately dominating the issue in California, where they represent less than 2% of voters but 77% of funding on a statewide constitutional amendment.

Holy Hyrax said...

who cares? There is nothing news worthy here. Its like being suprised that local PETA organization is sponsoring overwhelmingly animal rights over in a foreign country

Jewish Atheist said...

who cares? There is nothing news worthy here.

LOL. So why are you commenting?

Holy Hyrax said...

Right.

Time to for a donut

JDHURF said...

I find it difficult to believe that the massive amount of money the Mormoms have generated will be enough to persuade a majority of California voters to pass the discriminatory constitutional ammendments.

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