Mormons Encourage Anti-Gay Lobbying
According to an organization of gay and lesbian Mormons, leaders in the Mormon church have urged members to secretly lobby the Utah state Legislature to outlaw same-sex marriages. On Sunday, the group gay group Affirmation released the text of a church letter distributed to members urging them to write their representatives to support the law passed by the Assembly earlier this year. The measure, now before the state Senate, would prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex unions. The letter tells Church members to write as individuals with no affiliation. Rick Fernandez, spokesperson for Affirmation, said the Church's action was an abuse of its religious tax-exempt status. This "covert action" is "a shameful example of the extremes to which the Church will go in its campaign to oppose civil rights for gays and lesbians," Fernandez said.
Media Resources: The San Francisco Chronicle - March 13, 1996