The Complete 1997 Mormon Memo

Jim Burroway

November 15th, 2008

We reported earlier on the 1997 memo addressed to LDS elder Elder M. Russell Ballard which outlined the Mormon church’s entry into anti-gay politics more than eleven years ago. Ballard went on to become a key leader in the political campaign to pass Proposition 8 in California.

We now have a copy of the entire memo in full, which highlights the church’s efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Hawaii.  Interesting points include expressions of satisfaction that the leaders of the Hawaii campaign were not publicly identified with the Mormon church despite being members.

You can download it by clicking here (PDF: 260KB/8 pages).


November 15th, 2008

I didn’t realize that Richard Wirthlin was Mormon.

The Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu was mentioned in this memo. It is entirely run by the Mormon Church. I have been there a few times and have taken my kid and his cousins there. I did enjoy the evening show. However, I think that it is very unlikely that I will ever go back there again. As far as boycott targets, I really do think that the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu should be on everyone’s list.


November 15th, 2008

As far as boycott targets, I really do think that the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu should be on everyone’s list.

Anyone want to sponsor me and my husband on a trip to Hawaii so we can specifically not go to the PCC? I totally promise we won’t go there.


November 15th, 2008

Do you think the RC feel played in this plan from the LDS?


November 15th, 2008

i´from germany and alltough my english is quite good, it s not that good to find the right expressions lack to the knowledge of terminology.
so i will use very simple words – which you might call “street slang” if it is convenient to you.

i´ve read the 1997 mormom memo and i´m really pissed.
specially page 7 of the memo where it says “if the right people can be found we may end up with a coalition who will work in the background” . .

this is outrageous. like that – if their plan should have failed it would give them the opportunity “to wash their hands of it”. unfortunatelley their plan didn´t fail. what really pissed me off – the mormons refuse to live the same right what they ask for themselves: to live in polygamy. or as the roman say. quod licet iovi non livet bovi.
and that in accordance and with knowledge with the catholic chruch . . . what hypocrits they are

well than, why not use their strategy to express what to think of someone who denies others rights which they claim in the same sense for themselves (polygamy is still part of their belief – HLT Apostel Orson Pratt, The Seer, S. 172) for people who vote in favour of ” no on h8″

with the help of lobbying, increased media awareness and with barrage of letters and faxes express ” no to no h8″ with.



November 15th, 2008

Vote for no on h8 – Vote for Love

Jim C

November 16th, 2008

I’d love to see more internal LDS communications about their anti-gay schemes out in the open. I’ve heard that apparently there are many many more memos like this one. So I call for anyone with access who wants to share to utilize Wikileaks:

Let’s put a little sunshine on the LDS!

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