Antigay Marriage Strategy Discussed by Mormons in 1997

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


The passage of Proposition 8 in California caught many folks off guard.

Lulled into a false sense of security that comes with the knowledge that the Golden State is one of the most liberal places in the country, a state where gay Americans can live without fear for their physical safety, serve in elected government, and yes, even marry.

However, the Mormon Church had very different plans for California gays.

A just released internal LDS Church document has surfaced showing the Church’s involvement and strategy going back to March 4, 1997. The memo was reportedly sent from a LDS General Authority to a member of the Quorum of the Twelve and deals with the issue of same-sex marriage.

This eleven-year-old memo gives a glimpse into President Gordon B. Hinckley’s strategy for dealing with same-sex marriage. It talks of a meeting with President Hinckley who reportedly said to “move ahead” with the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

This memo also discusses joining forces with the Catholic Church, saying:

“…the public image of the Catholic Church is higher than our Church. In other words, if we get into this, they are the ones with which to join.”

President Hinckley apparently urged caution as the memo makes clear, “he (President Hinckley) also said the (LDS) Church should be in a coalition and not out front by itself.

And this is a key point.

President Hinckley’s 11-year-old strategy of opposing same-sex marriage and partnering with the Catholic Church helped lead to the passage of Proposition 8 and a new ban on same-sex marriage. But some of the outcry since could be blamed on the perception that the LDS Church was out in front of this issue – exactly what President Hinckley warned against.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could not say for sure, but believes this recently surfaced 1997 memo is authentic.

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16 Responses to Antigay Marriage Strategy Discussed by Mormons in 1997

  1. stradella says:

    I grew up in the church in Atlanta.

    I have no recollection of our pastor ever mentioning gay people. Of course, that was 25 years ago and people lived closeted lives, knew their “place,” so it could be as long as the gay community remained out of sight, they didn’t pose a threat to the teachings.

    It makes me sad and it makes me angry that things have come to this in the year 2008. I just want organized religion to leave people alone to live their lives.

  2. DMason says:

    Figures the Catholic are involved. When they’re not firing priests for molesting little boys and paying big settlements to victims of child sexual abuse at the hands of the clergy, the Catholics are trying to make gay Americans second class citizens.

  3. taco says:

    Figures the Catholic are involved.

    I’m really surprised how few bloggers mention the role of the Catholic church in the passage of Prop 8?

  4. Aunt Peg says:

    I see gay couples started marrying in Connecticut today.

    I wonder how much longer it will be until the evil forces of the Mormon and Catholic churches try to overturn marriage rights in Connecticut?

  5. phil_in_ny says:

    I heard about this. What a shame.

  6. Randy Arroyo says:

    I love the “Blow Me” Jesus fish! A classic!

  7. Conejo1982 says:

    How peculiar to learn the leadership of the Mormon church was obsessed with gay marriage more than a decade ago when the Mormons have been pushing back against their own legacy of adult male/teenage girl marriages for for than 100 years.

  8. Mauigirl says:

    I agree with Conejo1982, I find it bizarre that the Mormons are so concerned about gay marriage. They must be stopped from continuing this crusade in other states. Hopefully they won’t be coming to Connecticut.

  9. Jim says:

    All I know is, this cult should lose its tax exempt status.

  10. Just found out that the black gay vs the white gay thing in Cali was started by PUMA.Peep out Rabble Rouser Ruminations , a”pro gay”site.They’re still going after Sen.(I mean President Elect Obama).

  11. Peep out No Quarter too they’re still at it calling him racist? and sexist.Limbaugh calls Hillary a bitch and they’re still pissed Sen.Obama called a woman who was rude to him sweetie.

  12. those mormons — what a bunch of creeps

    i wrote about their “baptism of the dead” — specifically victims of the holocaust — i dont have to even say another word

    i use creeps as a euphemism

  13. Fran says:

    Yes, that is the Mormon stance. It is wrong and divisive.
    How do we turn it around & reverse the discriminatory laws?

  14. The issue of Proposition 8 is headed to the California Supreme Court, where its constitutionality will be decided.

    About the Mormons.

    1. they MUST lose the tax exemption status
    2. the state of Utah (where more than 70% of the population is Mormon) will be boycotted

    Economic pressure is the only thing that can effectively pushback against the religious bigotry pouring out from Utah and the LDS Church.

    The LGBT community will NOT be made third class citizens by a group of religious extremists.

    If the idea of an economic boycott makes anyone uncomfortable — that’s too bad. History shows boycotts are highly effective.

  15. Conejo1982 says:

    This is a very troubling event.

    Will the Mormons (or any other religion) next decide who gets a job, or what’s on TV or the radio, or what rock band gets to perform in concert, or what clothes are sold in the Mall?

    This is the USA — not Iran. Religion out of my daily life.

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