Sen. Reid Denounces Mormon Prop 8 Support

Jim Burroway

October 13th, 2009

Sen. Harry ReidThe Salt Lake Tribune reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) sharply criticized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for its leading role in passing California’s Prop 8. In a meeting with three gay-rights activists in his office, Reid said that the leaders of his faith wasted their resources and should have stayed out of the fight. Sen. Reid is the highest ranking elected official who is an LDS member.

The Tribune continues:

He said that he thought it was a waste of church resources and good will,” said Derek Washington, a Nevadan who worked as the outreach director for the march. “He said he didn’t think it was appropriate.”

…In the meeting, those present touched on issues most important to them. Dan Choi, a veteran of the Iraq War, who was booted from the military under the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, thanked Reid for lobbying President Barack Obama on his behalf. Robin McGehee, of California, talked about her own family. Then, McGehee said, Reid brought up his LDS faith and discussed a recent meeting with Mormons in which he criticized the Prop 8 efforts.

Mykelb

October 13th, 2009

It may have been a “waste of money and goodwill” in Reid’s opinion, but it certainly garnered a victory for the right wing bigots. Now, if he said he wanted hearings on the tax exempt status of their contributions to a political campaign, that might have caught my attention for just one minute. As it is, his statements are less than disengenuous.

palerobber

October 13th, 2009

thanks for posting this story.

this is a bigger deal than most people realize. reid is the highest ranking mormon in government in history. obviously he didn’t intend his comments for public consumption, but the fact that his spokesperson would even acknowledge what he said is amazing given the current climate among LDS church members. reid has long been embraced by a church leadership eager to demonstrate that it does not endorse any particular political party. this is a huge slap in the face to temple square.

cowboy

October 19th, 2009

There is a new documentary being released early in 2010 about the Mormons and Proposition 8.

http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top%20stories/story/LDS-Church-questioned-in-new-Prop-8-Documentary/S8o5PI_d7kGWzb5WhJf_8A.cspx

More info:
http://www.mormonproposition.com

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