Executive Committee
Dave Melson, Olin Thomas, and James Morris

Gay Mormons Ask Church Leaders to Support Freedom and Equality in California
A Statement by the Executive Committee of Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons

June 23, 2008

Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons believes that all loving couples should have the right to be together in a committed loving relationship, with the full measure of legal and civil protections that society has long accorded married couples.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is instructing its members to commit their time and money to deny these basic rights and freedoms to gay men and women in California.

Olin Thomas, Executive Director of Affirmation, said, "We are deeply dismayed that the Church ignored our request that they not meddle in California politics. This initiative will hurt so many people. Without marriage, a couple who have been together 30 years could be torn apart at the doorway to the emergency room."

As Mormons, we believe that respect for civil law and acknowledgment of individual freedoms is sacred. The California law affects civil marriage; it has no effect on any religious institution or religious official. To seek to revoke these basic protections in the name of God denies the fundamental freedoms on which our country was built. Constitutional law has always been about protecting civil and religious freedoms, not the denial of those freedoms.

We urge California voters to act in favor of freedom. Vow to Vote No.

Executive Committee, Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons
W. Olin Thomas, III
David W. Melson
James R. Morris
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