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The Courage Campaign offers this video to put a face to all the couples who would be automatically divorced if the Supreme Court upholds California's anti-gay proposition 8. The Mormon (LDS) Church was far more involved than they'd like to admit in promoting this law, and they were successful; it passed.

At the Courage Campaign website you can sign a letter indicating your support of allowing gay couples to marry--and stay married. I've had my own issues with the word "marriage", even so, it seems foolish to deny this rite and recognition to loving couples based solely on gender. We need to be encouraging stable committed relationships, for the benefit of society. Because an enlightened society values love. A true Christian (like Jesus, for one) values love.

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 7th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Sources of Prop 8 Lobbying
The following chart shows the amounts of cash contributed by both in-state and out-of-state individuals and groups to each side.
In-State Donations Out-of-State Donations Total Donations
For Proposition 8 $25.4 million $10.7 million $36.1 million
Against Proposition 8 $26.5 $12.0 $38.4
Totals $51.9 $22.7 $74.5
Source: Tracking the money, Los Angeles Times

Note that out-of-state contributions to the "No" side were over $1.3 million higher than the out-of-state contributions to the "Yes" side. Another claim is that Churches violated their tax-exempt status by participating in the “Yes on 8" campaign. According to IRS rules, a tax-exempt organization may not support particular candidates or parties. However, the churches did not participate in or intervene in any of the political campaigns for any of the candidates running in the 2008 election. The IRS does, however, permit a Church to take positions on issues.

Focus on the Family donated $657,000 in money and services to ProtectMarriage.com, a California coalition that supported Proposition 8,
including $448,406 in cash contributions.
The data also indicate the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated $189,000 to support Proposition 8, all of which was non-cash time or logistical support.

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