Mormon Prop 8 Involvement Exposed During Prop 8 Trial!

In an explosive afternoon in California, internal memos within the LDS (Mormon) Church have been introduced!

Even after Pro-8 counsel fought furiously to keep them hidden, documents from within the LDS/Mormon hierarchy were ruled as valid by Judge Walker today. The first was an email describing the Prop 8 Campaign as “entirely under direction of the priesthood.” As the email was read it covered incredible details, such as the fact that the Mormon church had a “key-leader in every zip code in California,” organizing the efforts of pro-8. The document also describes plan for grassroots organizing based on church wards led by ward priests. Apparently, the LDS church had an average of 20,000 volunteers walking neighborhoods at any given time.

The 2nd document is a record of the minutes in a meeting of the LDS officials. It details that Mormons were “not to take the lead, but to work within the coalition” in order to minimize negative impact on the church. In other-words, the documents make it clear that 2 way flow of info between the campaign and the church was regular, but church pretended to lay low. The LDS church pushed for the campaign to provide the talking points, and it would provide the volunteers.

With the documents, we now know that Prop 8 was primarily coordinated between the Catholic Church, the Mormons and Focus on the Family. Expert witnesses describe this kind of coordination as “unprecedented” in the taking away of civil liberties of citizens.

The documents were found by “8: The Mormon Proposition” director Reed Cowan.

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14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rachelle Graham on January 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    That is a lot of involvement. Wow. I can’t believe I was in that Zombie brainwashed church for so long.

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  3. Posted by Justan Peterson on January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for the summary and commentary! This is getting good, and I can’t wait to get updates via text while at work tomorrow. Thanks for keeping the updates coming my way on my work days, Eric. 🙂

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  4. Posted by Joey Richmond on January 20, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Another reason why I dislike (borderline hate) Mormons. Just like the Catholics, they feel the need to show their religious BS down our throats and force us to our values. Perhaps I should just marry multiple women and be guaranteed a kingdom of my own. How do you spell Cult? M O R M O N or C A T H O LIC

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    • Posted by Derek Arnold on March 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      First, polygamy is no longer practiced by the LDS church. Get your facts straight. People spend way too much time and energy “hating” the church, whether it be Catholic or Mormon, without truly knowing what they practice, and being completely uninformed. I know many members and they are wonderful people. These churches don’t spend their time hating members of other religions. Instead they focus a lot of time and money on things like humanitarian aid efforts. People can be so ignorant and defensive. Just saying.

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  6. Posted by Stephanie H. on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 am

    nice, Monson. really classy.

    and Mormons I know wonder why I had/have such a huge problem with their church?

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  7. Posted by Cross on January 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I wont believe it until there is some proof. Lets see these documents. If Judge Walker ruled them as valid, then they should be publicly available. I cant find them anywhere online. I’m a Journalist here in Salt Lake City, and if this is in fact true, I would like to write about it. But first i need some tangible proof.

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    • Posted by ethingtoneric on January 22, 2010 at 11:00 am

      Cross;
      All documents that are used in court become public. It may not be until the trial is over, but you can watch for them here as I’ll post them as soon as I find them. Also, you can usually trust things in court you know, the Judge and the Defense wouldn’t let the Plaintiffs get away with falsified docs.

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    • Posted by trailwatcher on January 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      There are plenty of people in California who could back up the stories presented in the documents – there were dozens of personal blogs talking about ZIP Code supervisors and volunteering and reporting to regional coordinators. At one point each of the RCs was listed and several of them listed contact info for the ZIPPIES under them (and if the contact info wasn’t listed, it said “see ward list”). Or you could check the information written about the campaign by Schubert & Flint when they received a big marketing award for the work they did. Or you could take a look at the Wall Street Journal. Or you could search wikileaks for minutes of stake meetings talking about Prop 8.

      You might want to start, however, with the official transcript, beginning around page 1614 (page 135 of the Day 7 transcript volume).

      Then you could go to the court’s website, sign up with PACER, get a list of the exhibits and check out copies of Plaintiffs’ exhibits 2554, 2555 and 2561 (exh nos 1610, 1628, 1633, vol 7)

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    • Posted by Dominique on January 25, 2010 at 11:52 am

      Yup, Cross… documents that are part of an ongoing case will probably not be released until the trial ends. They may be available if you go to the court clerk. Most court docs are public record and available for public perusal unless the file is “closed”. Federal court may be different. Perhaps you, or a colleague there could to ask for a copy of the court documents.

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  8. Posted by ludlow on January 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Members that went out canvassing were instructed to NOT look like Mormons–no white shirts, don’t look like the missionaries, don’t go in 2s if you can help it, etc.

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