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DEVASTATING memo from LDS church exposed re: Prop 8

by: Dante Atkins

Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 13:32:52 PM PST

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.

Dante Atkins :: DEVASTATING memo from LDS church exposed re: Prop 8

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.

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Great post! (8.00 / 1)
Nothing like exposing a church's master plan for taking away fundamental civil rights.

Oh, and that's a great video that you and David made!

Wirthlin? (0.00 / 0)
Could the Richard Wirthlin named in this memo be any relation to the Robb Wirthlin from Massachusetts who took the Lexington schools all the way to the supreme court over the book "king and King" being in the school's "diversity bag"?  My knowledge of Robb & Robin WIrthlin comes from Marry in Massachusetts

Smart Money says Yes (0.00 / 0)
The Robb Wirthlin in MA is apparently deeply involved in LDS stuff, and Wikipedia says that Wirthlins are a very big clan with a lot of power in the LDS hierarchy.

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Darcy is pretty awesome (8.00 / 1)
I know she'll be an outstanding leader as a Congress member. C'mon WA voters, vote Darcy!!

I think?

Btw Dante, (8.00 / 1)
I'm in Seattle phone banking for NO on Prop 8.  Nice to know who much progressive politics criss-crosses Cascadia. :D

Excellent timing on the release of this memo ... (0.00 / 0)
First time I've seen such clear evidence of Mormon-Catholic coordination.

We already have this quote from Romney that confirms the top-level planning that's behind the Mormon-Evangelical coordination (from a 9/26/2007 interview):

"[S]everal months ago, not long before he died, I had the occasion of having the Rev. Jerry Falwell at our home. He said that when he was getting ready to oppose same-sex marriage in California, he met with the president of my church in Salt Lake City, and they agreed to work together in a campaign in California."


Re the Wirthlin couple from the Yes on 8 ads, they're related to both the Dick Wirthlin mentioned in the above post and Joseph B. Wirthlin, the Mormon apostle.  I'm still amazed that the Yes on 8 side actually decided to involve them.  There's a list of some articles about the Wirthlins, Romney, and their other family and campaign connections here:


Anyway, again, great timing with the memo.  Of course, the LDS Church has already begun to complain that it is being singled out for criticism.  Reality is that the 3-way Catholic-Mormon-Evangelical coalition absolutely needed Mormon money and ground game in order to make this the close contest we're in now.  

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