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03/04/2009

On Illinois, Mormons, and box turtles

by Jeremy Hooper

Last night we were tipped off about a new effort from the LDS Church to futz with gay equality, this time in the state of Illinois. We went to bed with intention of writing it up this morning.

Picture 2-212However, our pal Jim Burroway got to it early this A.M. (or late last night), and has done a very nice job hitting on the key points. So rather than put out our own piece, we are going to instead defer to Mr. Burroway and direct you to his fantastic Box Turtle Bulletin site, where you can read the church-sanctioned email and his commentary on why it should be a big deal for anyone who cares about the threat of civil fairness being stifled by a mega religious machine with tax-exempt status:

In a private email sent out to LDS members of at least one ward in Illinois, church members are being encouraged to call their representative to voice their opposition to the bill, which would provide same-sex couples with recognition and limited protections under Illinois law. But the official LDS-sanctioned email to members is loaded with much of the same misinformation that was present in the campaign against California’s Proposition 8.
Mormon Machine Cranking Up Against Illinois Civil Unions Bill [BTB]

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Methinks it's time to start recirculating that memo about only wanting to protect the word "marriage."

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Mar 4, 2009 10:31:50 AM

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