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10/08 HEADLINE: Mormons Outside California Recruited For Prop. 8
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ALT LAKE CITY (AP) ― Senior elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a televised appeal to Mormons in California Wednesday night to step up their already considerable efforts to pass a ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriage in the state.

Two members of the church's second-highest governing body, the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, quoted from Mormon scripture on the sanctity of marriage as they laid out a week-by-week strategy for boosting Mormon involvement before the Nov. 4 election in voter registration efforts, phone banks and distributing campaign materials.

"What we're about is the work of the Lord, and He will bless you for your involvement," apostle M. Russell Ballard said during the hourlong meeting, which was broadcast to church buildings in California, Utah, Hawaii and Idaho.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is part of a coalition of conservative groups backing Proposition 8, which would overturn the California Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the nation's most populous state by amending the state constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

Mormons have been active participants in the campaign both as volunteers and financial contributors, giving an estimated 43 percentsome $8.4 millionto the Proposition 8 campaign, according to the Web site There are about 770,000 Mormon church members in California, but Mormons from outside the state have been encouraged to give money and time to help pass the measure.

Along with recruiting Mormons to work in California, church members from outside the state have been asked to call friends and family at home in California to encourage support for the measure, according to Clayton. He said many students attending church-owned universities have asked how they might help and could be enlisted to make calls.
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  -10/08 HEADLINE: Mormons Outside California Recruited For Prop. 8 Bluebear  Nov-09-08 01:14 AM   #0 
  - missionaries of hate. nt.  IndianaJones   Nov-09-08 01:17 AM   #1 
  - PLEASE STOP PERSECUTING THESE PEOPLE!1!!!!1  QC   Nov-09-08 01:17 AM   #2 
  - Right after they stop persecuting me  LeftCoast   Nov-09-08 01:19 AM   #4 
  - Exactly! nt  GreenFiles   Nov-09-08 01:27 AM   #11 
  - Only after they are PROsecuted.  KitchenWitch   Nov-09-08 01:19 AM   #5 
  - ...  ColbertWatcher   Nov-09-08 01:30 AM   #15 
  - that's right. . .why the gays spent MILLIONS removing the Mormon's  kevinbgoode   Nov-09-08 02:22 AM   #28 
  - It's a joke. n/t  QC   Nov-09-08 07:37 AM   #35 
  - Spoken by someone who doesn't know Mormons  silverojo   Nov-09-08 04:11 AM   #32 
     - It's a joke. n/t  QC   Nov-09-08 07:37 AM   #34 
  - "Mormons from outside the state have been encouraged to give money ..."  ColbertWatcher   Nov-09-08 01:18 AM   #3 
  - I hate what they did, but it's within the guidelines of their 501(c)3 status.  mycritters2   Nov-09-08 01:24 AM   #9 
  - But they are not supposed to make direct donations  SoCalNative   Nov-09-08 01:44 AM   #18 
     - Thank you! n/t  ColbertWatcher   Nov-09-08 02:20 AM   #27 
     - Actually, they are allowed to do this. They can't make donations  mycritters2   Nov-09-08 05:31 PM   #39 
  - part of their doctrine to amend constitutions  kevinbgoode   Nov-09-08 02:19 AM   #26 
  - I've not been here very long.  Winnipegosis   Nov-09-08 01:21 AM   #6 
  - no...anti-gay bias. nt.  IndianaJones   Nov-09-08 01:23 AM   #7 
  - There tends to be some anti-religious bias in general, more in some forums than others,  mycritters2   Nov-09-08 01:26 AM   #10 
  - Only when "religious" people use their doctrine to inject tyranny  kevinbgoode   Nov-09-08 02:15 AM   #24 
  - Thank you for that, mycritters.  oktoberain   Nov-09-08 05:15 AM   #33 
  - The news article is what it is. What is anti-Mormon about quoting facts?  Bluebear   Nov-09-08 01:30 AM   #16 
  - No, but there is an anti-bigot bias here.  TexasObserver   Nov-09-08 03:49 AM   #30 
  - I've been holding my tongue on this one for a while...  Duke Newcombe   Nov-09-08 01:24 AM   #8 
  - I'm quite happy to give them "free speech" in the political process  SoCalNative   Nov-09-08 01:28 AM   #12 
  - And at this time, the law allows them to do this...  Duke Newcombe   Nov-09-08 01:52 AM   #19 
     - No, the IRS code specifically prohibits  SoCalNative   Nov-09-08 02:00 AM   #21 
     - Thank you.  Bluebear   Nov-09-08 01:09 PM   #37 
     - I followed some links to the IRS regarding this issue.  Duke Newcombe   Nov-09-08 01:17 PM   #38 
     - dupe  SoCalNative   Nov-09-08 02:00 AM   #22 
  - Everyone has the right to free speech. However ...  ColbertWatcher   Nov-09-08 01:28 AM   #13 
  - Free speech does apply to religious organizations.  Bluebear   Nov-09-08 01:29 AM   #14 
  - Whatever happened to, "We don't swim in your toilet, so please don't pee in our pool"?  KrazyKat   Nov-09-08 01:30 AM   #17 
  - That went out the window when the Rethugs allowed the right-wing fundies  SoCalNative   Nov-09-08 01:57 AM   #20 
     - I agree...or at least let ALL of the people get to vote  kevinbgoode   Nov-09-08 02:16 AM   #25 
  - But they still demand the right to have a tax exemption  kevinbgoode   Nov-09-08 02:05 AM   #23 
  - Here in California that's been referred to as 'common knowledge' for weeks now...  bridgit   Nov-09-08 02:26 AM   #29 
  - I would lay good money on odds that Mitt Romney and his supporters  Skidmore   Nov-09-08 04:04 AM   #31 
     - I would bet that Mitt is the "anonymous donor" for that one million dollars  secondwind   Nov-09-08 07:41 AM   #36 

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