The Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, LDS, etc.) was one of the biggest money-raisers that funded Proposition 8 in California. The passage of the measure removed the existing right for same-sex couples to marry in the state.
People like me are furious that a religious institution should be able to have a say in forming laws. It's quite simply un-American. Of course, the church claims it didn't do anything wrong. They say they paid somewhere around $2,000 to fly somebody to California, and that was it. But really, that was far from "it." They were deeply involved in passing the thing, probably in starting the thing.
Check out this complaint filed against them. To call it detailed would be a huge understatement. I'm only excerpting a portion, but if you're interested in this case, check out the link below. This thing is thorough.
Church organized phone banks from Utah and Idaho
Sending direct mail to voters
Transported people to California over several weekends
Used the LDS Press Office to send out multiple News Releases to promote their activities to nonmembers
Ran a speakers bureau
Distributed thousands of lawn signs and other campaign material
Organized a "surge to election day"Church leaders travel to California
Set up of very elaborate web sites
Produced at least 9 commercials and 4 other video broadcasts all in support of Prop 8
Conducted at least 2 satellite simulcasts over 5 Western states.
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