(Salt Lake City Utah) Ucs News– In a bizarre turn of events the Church of the Latter-Day Saints has withdrawn it’s supports from the controversial ballot measure. Facing increasing pressure from California citizens the Utah based LDS church has decided to “Focus on limiting the rights of Utah’s citizens.”
The fight over California proposition 8 has gotten ugly with neighbor set against neighbor both sides angry. While not the originator of the Proposition 8, The church of the Latter-Day Saints became the largest sponsor essentially taking over the Yes On 8 organization.
Members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, the second-highest governing church body explained their plan to pass the ballot initiative. They asked each California congregation commit 30 volunteers from to donate four hours a week to Proposition 8. They also urged young people to use social networks, text messaging, blogging and extra legal methods — to spread the message.
Problems arose when Yes on Prop 8 supporters turned to criminal black mail. The leaders of the campaign have sent threatening letters many groups fighting the proposition. Once the blackmail attempts came to light the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sought to distance themselves from the criminal organization.
Senior elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broadcast a call to Mormons on Wednesday night to halt the pro 8 efforts and for volunteers make public apologies to gays. The hour long message went out to churches in California and Utah.
According to one member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, “We decided that we could no longer support this blatant act of discrimination once the general public became aware of our involvement in the evil campaign. With Mormons themselves being the target of discrimination, it just doesn’t make sense antagonize the citizens of California.”