Mormons Petition LDS Leaders Opposing Anti-Gay Political Activities

Jim Burroway

October 18th, 2008

A group of about fifty Mormons presented stacks about 300 letters and a petition to officials of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints yesterday opposing the church’s efforts in support of Proposition 8 in California.

The letters were bundled in fifteen stacks and wrapped in pink ribbons, to be split among the Mormon Church’s three-man First Presidency and twelve apostles. The group sang the Mormon hymn “As I Have Loved You, Love One Another” during the event.

The protesters also deposited several manila envelopes containing signatures on the petition. It asks the LDS Church to stop “political organizing efforts and financial support of attempts to use the government to restrict the secular and religious rights of gay and lesbian individuals and publicly retract their request that members of the LDS Church support such measures.” The group also delivered bunches of carnations representing people they say have lost their lives in the gay marriage debate. They were referring to suicides by gay Mormons.

“We urge LDS leaders to read these letters and listen to their words,” said Andrew D. Callahan, an LDS high priest in Nebraska, who organized an Internet petition drive for Mormons who oppose the amendment known as Proposition 8.

Callahan, you may recall, faces a disciplinary hearing for charges of “conduct unbecoming a member of the church and … apostasy.” That hearing was originally scheduled for September, but has been put off until after the elections. Callahan runs the web site Signing For Something, which features several statements from fellow Mormons opposing the church’s efforts on behalf of so-called “marriage amendments” in California and Arizona.

Boo

October 18th, 2008

Um, aren’t we the ones who want to defeat Prop 8?

Jim Burroway

October 18th, 2008

Um yeah. A total slip-up in editing.

cowboy

October 21st, 2008

Jeremy over at GoodAsYou.org has an excellent reference to a .pdf from a BYU Professor (Morris A. Thurston) who argues against the rationale the pro-Prop8 people are using.

You have to give credit to a BYU Professor for taking such a stand. Kudos and I do hope he keeps his job at the BYU law school and, at the very least, he keeps from being excommunicated.

Julia

October 21st, 2008

Check out the following about Mormons and Prop 8:
http://www.lesbiatopia.com/2008/10/lesbian-politics-dude-mormons-why-h8.html

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