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Published: Monday, March 5 2012 2:04 p.m. MST

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RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

(From: Baehr vs. Lewin trial )

In 1995, ... Church leadership identified the type of committee they wanted to create to stop same-sex marriage in Hawaii, and they set it up.

...the Mormon Church established their front group in Hawaii to pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in that state after the Hawaii Supreme Court heard the case. The Mormon Church established its front group called HawaiiÂs Future Today (HFT) in the fall of 1995, 3 years before the election to pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Hawaii.

They hired lobbyists, consultants, campaign managers, attorneys and had one very high ranking Mormon on the Board, Jack Hoag, the recently retired Chairman of the Church-owned First Hawaiian Bank. They were able to get money into HawaiiÂs Future Today (HFT) that would go unreported. These actions hid their direct involvement while creating a coalition to lead the effort.

Is hiding behind "front groups" not being anonymous?

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Some words from Former Leaders of the LDS Church for members to think about during the Caucuses:

A man may act as his conscience dictates so long as he does not infringe upon the rights of others. (David O. McKay, General Conference, October, 1938)

There is not a being upon the face of the earth... that would be deprived of the free exercise of his agency so far as he does not infringe upon other's rights. (Joseph Fielding Smith)

You are free to choose exactly what you want to do, as long as it does not restrict or impose on the rights or liberties of others..(N. Eldon Tanner - General Conference, April 1970)

Unfortunately, I don't think the local Caucuses will be friendly to the moderates.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

"The Church does not:

Endorse, promote or oppose political parties, candidates or platforms.

Attempt to direct its members as to which candidate or party they should give their votes to. This policy applies whether or not a candidate for office is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

However, the Church's newspaper almost exclusively covers Mitt Romney ... multiple times a day. That seems like an 'attempt to direct it's members' towards a preferred candidate.

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