from an internet mailing list:

The author of the original message writes:
"Interestingly, this seems much shorter than the version that was read at the local LDS church near me -- the leader mentioned a pro-initiative group being formed, called the 'Defense of Marriage Association (DoMA)' and anti-initiative groups already vowing to spend millions of dollars to defeat the group and the initiative. I wonder how much leeway the [local] leaders are supposed to have in embellishing the official letter?"


May 11, 1999

To: Area Authority Seventies, Stake Presidents, Mission Presidents, Bishops, Branch Presidents, and all Church members in California (to be read in the priesthood and Relief Society meetings of each ward and branch by a member of the stake presidency or high council on May 23 or May 30, 1999)

Dear Brethren and Sisters:

Preserving Traditional Marriage

On March 7, 2000, Californians will vote to affirm that the union of one man and one woman is the only form of marriage that will be legally recognized in California.

This traditional marriage initiative provides a clear and significant moral choice. The Church's position on this issue is unequivocal. On February 1, 1994, the First Presidency wrote to all priesthood leaders:

"The principles of the gospel and the sacred responsibilities given us require that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints oppose any efforts to give legal authorization to marriages between persons of the same gender."
Therefore, we ask you to do all you can by donating your means and time to assure a successful vote. Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God, and is essential to His eternal plan. It is imperative for us to give our best effort to preserve what our Father in Heaven has put in place.

A broad-based coalition is being formed to work for passage of the traditional marriage initiative. As details about the coalition become available, we will provide you with information on how you might become involved. We thank you for your attention to this vital matter and pray the Lord's richest blessings to be with you.

Sincerely yours,

NORTH AMERICAN WEST AREA PRESIDENCY

John B. Dickson
John M. Madsen
Cecil O. Samuelson


It is amazing to me that a church feels this responsibility to not only make others feel guilty and ashamed for love but to also make it illegal--especially in light of Mormonism's history which includes a significant period of non-traditional marriage.

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