Mormons make up 2 percent of California’s population yet contributed more than 50 percent of the funds for Prop 8

“In june the governing body of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent a letter to every Mormon congregation in California asking that a message be read to members at Sunday services stating that “marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God,” and “local church leaders will provide information about how you may become involved in this important cause.” The cause was Proposition 8, and church members were implored to “do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time.”

Mormons heeded the call. Not only did they donate what appears to be a majority of the funds raised by the Yes on 8 campaign — an estimated $20 million, according to Prop. 8 opponents, much of it from out of state — but church members also volunteered thousands of man-hours in support of the amendment. Though the Mormon Church avoided a visible public role in the campaign, it did formally join the coalition of religious groups supporting the amendment, and a prominent member, Mark Jansson, served on the Yes on 8 executive committee. (Jansson was one of four signatories to a public letter threatening a boycott of businesses whose owners contributed to No on 8.)”

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h/t Andrew Sullivan

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4 Responses to Mormons make up 2 percent of California’s population yet contributed more than 50 percent of the funds for Prop 8

  1. Bruce says:

    Not surprising. Again, I say if churches are going to become so political, and it seems more and more each election, I say strip them of their tax exempt status. We need to send a message about separation of church and state. Hit them where it hurts them – in their bank accounts.

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  2. Jesse says:

    Haha. Money might very well be the last thing on the totem pole in the LDS Church.

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  3. deannaizme says:

    I talked a bit about this on my blog today, too. I talked about how the Catholic archbishop of San Francisco brought the Mormons in.

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  4. witch1 says:

    Catholics and Mormons trying to rule our country and remove the right’s of citizen’s….The poster that commented it’s time to remove their tax exempt status is correct…Way past time indeed..Blessings

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