Will the Mormon Church Sit Out Hawaii’s Gay Marriage Vote?

That’s the title of this column in The Huffington Post. It’s by Fred Karger, who was active in opposing California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage (since overturned). The Mormon Church was aggressive in supporting the legislation. 

Regarding Hawaii’s proposed same-sex marriage legislation, Karger writes:

It appears that post Proposition 8 the Church has backed away from leading the fight to stop gay marriage at any cost, because its public image received such a shellacking. …

The Mormon Church has taken steps to end the discrimination and mistreatment of gays and lesbians in the Church and elsewhere. Through the tireless work of several prominent gay former Mormons, meetings have taken place and the Church has softened its anti-gay rhetoric. It finally now uses the word “gay” and even lunched a web site recently, MormonsandGays.org. …

That was written Monday. By Tuesday, Karger appeared to be having second thoughts, posting the following on his Twitter account:

Just what I was afraid of looks like is back in fight against gay marriage:

The tweet reproduced what appears to be a letter directed to Honolulu bishops from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints urging members to study the bill closely and contact legislators to urge a strong religious exemption to the measure.

As Civil Beat has previously reported, Bishop Larry Silva of the Honolulu Diocese strongly opposes gay marriage.


Photo: Mormon temple in Laie. (TruffShuff)

—Chad Blair

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