Why is everyone looking at the Mormons?

Mainly because the hierarchy of the LDS Church has been actively working against marriage equality for 11 years, exposes the Bay Area Reporter:

The March 4, 1997 memo from Loren C. Dunn to church Elder M. Russell Ballard, describes an insidious “go ahead” HLM (homosexual legalized marriage) strategy of the late Mormon Church president, Gordon B. Hinckley. The memo appears to be tangible proof that Mormon leaders had been working to prevent marriage equality in California and Hawaii at least for the last 11 years while actively working to recruit the support of local California Catholic bishops…

In addition to revealing a long-standing Mormon strategy designed to recruit Catholic bishops to their cause three years before the state’s first political fight, Proposition 22, the memo also lists one of the Mormon’s key strategists as Richard “Dick” Wirthlin, a relative of Joseph Robb and Robin Wirthlin, the Massachusetts couple who were featured in Proposition 8 campaign ads this fall as the parents of a boy who was read a book about a same-sex couple in his second grade class….

Parents in the Lexington School District in Massachusetts disputed many of the Wirthlins claims to the B.A.R., pointing out that when the Wirthlins moved into the district they were already involved with two groups seeking to ban same-sex marriage. One of those groups, MassResistance, run by Brian Camenker, has been called an “anti-gay hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Read the internal Mormon memo discussed in the article.


4 Responses to Why is everyone looking at the Mormons?

  1. rubyeliot says:

    what about childrens’ rights to a mom and a dad? this is a right that gets run over in the pursuit of “equal” marriage.

    can’t everyone get married already? except siblings, and sometimes cousins…

  2. Michael says:

    What does that reply have to do with this post? Is the level of discourse this lowly?

  3. rubyeliot says:

    so sorry michael, just realized that my comment sounds completely irrelevant. please forgive me. i was responding to your blog title. which forgive me again, i couldn’t help myself. somtimes i just really wonder when people say “marriage equality” if they are considering childrens’ rights. and if they know that the “marriage equality” argument automatically includes everyone. including siblings. even if you think that is dumb…what is your reasoning for denying sibling marriage?

  4. Ted says:


    You cannot seriously, and with good conscience, equate the rights of gays and lesbians to marry with siblings, cousins, etc. It is a well established norm that relatives are forbidden to marry. Notwithstanding the issue of procreation and genetic defects, there are a number of other issues surrounding inter familial marriages, none of which relate to marriages between members of the same sex. By allowing gays and lesbians to marry, the government would be making a statement that separate but equal is not synonymous with equality. Moreover, your reference to siblings, etc. getting married is on par with many of the other “analogies” that have been thrown around, e.g., bestiality, pedophilia, etc. These references are extreme examples of sexual deviancy and should not be compared to the rights of gays and lesbians to marry.

    What exactly do you mean by “children’s rights?”

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