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Church Asks Mormons to Oppose Calif. Gay Unions

'Do all you can' to pass ballot measure that would outlaw same-sex marriage
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2008 1:55 PM CDT
Church Asks Mormons to Oppose Calif. Gay Unions
"We are extremely disappointed in their action," said a representative of a support group for gay and lesbian Mormons. "This is a matter of civil marriage. It doesn't affect religious marriage."   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The Mormon church is pushing its members to vote for a California ballot measure that would ban gay marriage, the Deseret News reports. As "marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God," leaders exhort Mormons to “do all you can” to ensure November passage of an amendment to the state’s constitution

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as it is formally known, also urged members to support a California ban on same-sex marriage that passed as a public referendum; that prohibition was struck down last month. "We are extremely disappointed in their action," said a representative of a support group for homosexual Mormons. "It doesn't affect religious marriage." (Read more constitutional amendment stories.)

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