Mormons Losing Members Over Anti-Gay Campaigns

While the Mormon Church hierarchy  was responsible for organizing millions of dollars and thousands of hours of manpower to pass California's Proposition 8 and Arizona's Prop. 102, the church's tactics haven't sat so well with some of its members -- including families, members with Mormon heritage going back 150 years, and gay members -- who began speaking out in July on the Web site signingforsomething.org. 


Many have public resigned from the church, citing reasons such as these:

*I think the church has no right to assume the inner thinkings of its members and take such an open stand of any political issue.

*The church's involvement in the effort to rescind a basic constitutional right from California citizens is shameful and misguided.

*The position the church took on this particular issue went against everything I learned from the church. Not only was the church's position discriminatory, but it was also hateful. 

*The leadership fights for bigotry and hate. The God I grew up with was perfect in His Love and Justice. Shame on the men who act so disgracefully in His name.

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