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You can see from my previous diaries that I have been all over the issue of Mormon donations to Prop 8.  But just now, something positively devastating just fell into my lap.  And my source says there's a lot more where this came from.

I have received an internal memo from the Mormon Church dated March 4, 1997.  This memo discusses strategies for what the memo calls "HLM" (gay marriage) in Hawaii and California (I assume that HLM refers to "homosexual legal marriage" but if you have your own preferred acronym, feel free to use it).

Like I said--this memo is devastating.  And it demonstrates that they have been planning this Proposition 8 referendum for more than a decade.

I'm in Seattle right now campaigning for Darcy, so this will be a quick post.  See more below.

Above is the first page of this memo.  It indicates, as you see, that the Mormon Church had been planning to coordinate with the Catholic Church to defeat "HLM" in Hawaii and California.  Below are images of devastating quotes from this memo.

This memo overtly discusses strategy for making sure that "HLM" doesn't make any more progress than it absolutely has to:

Please note especially the last paragraph.  "There may have to be certain legal rights recognized for unmarried people..."  Take a look at what that implies.  The Mormon Church, if it had its way, wouldn't even want to see gay couples have hospital visitation rights.  It's not just about marriage--for them, it's about making gays into second-class citizens.  Even hospital rights are a "concession" that have to be made to prevent full marriage equality.

The memo goes on to extensively discuss the fight that was taking place at that time for marriage equality in Hawaii, but comes back to California...

Yep, you got that right.  They were thinking of this in California way back in 1997.  They were saying, "referendum is expensive.  We have the money, but we don't have the public face.  So let's join with the Catholics, because they have a better reputation."

The memo ends by describing a "cordial" visit with the Chairman of the Catholic Bishops Conference:

Like I said: there's more where this comes from, according to my source.  But keep this in mind: as early as 1997, the Mormon Church was planning a referendum in California--using their money, but the public face of the Catholics.

So why am I going after the LDS church so much on this?  Because they're trying to hide their money behind the Catholics to pass this constitutional amendment--and they deserve to be exposed.

Help defeat Proposition 8.  TAKE ACTION!

And in case you haven't seen it:

This is a ad against Prop 8 that I and my brother thereisnospoon wrote, and a friend of mine edited, with a lot of help from our friends at Courage Campaign.  It has already made news in local Salt Lake City media--for good reason.

And speaking of the Courage Campaign:  here's a video of one of their actions.  They delivered over 17,000 signatures opposing LDS Church involvement in California government to the LDS offices.

UPDATE 2:  Darcy Burner just wanted to chime in.  She says, "good luck in preventing the state of California from institutionalizing horrible, awful discrimination."

Darcy Burner stands with us.  Stand with her.  I'm sure there's a way to phonebank from remote.

Originally posted to Dante Atkins: the author formerly known as hekebolos on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 01:10 PM PST.

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