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Nadine R. Hansen
Nadine R. Hansen: “I am not aware of any circumstance under which the Church has urged people to enact a single measure to strengthen the family, other than legislation that would undermine homosexual relationships.”

Symposium Panel Explores Proposition 8, “Proclamation on the Family”
A history of political meddling that goes back to the 1970s

August 2008

A panel held during the 2008 Sunstone Symposium in Salt Lake City provided a legal analysis of California’s Proposition 8, described how this Proposition would affect gay and lesbian people, and suggested that the current LDS involvement in California is consistent with a history of political meddling that goes back to the 1970s, when the LDS Church became a formidable foe against a proposed U.S. constitutional amendment that would have guaranteed equal rights for women.

Nadine R. Hansen, an LDS lawyer who lived for many years in California, said that the timing and the circumstances under which the Proclamation on the Family came into existence suggest that the Church had from the beginning a political motivation for issuing the document.

“Back in 1996, I said that there was an underlying subtext in the Proclamation on a topic that is never mentioned in the Proclamation, and that’s homosexuality,” Hansen told the audience. “I said that certain aspects of the Proclamation are a clear statement that the Church leaders intend to resist any further social legitimization of homosexual relationships. I noted the political language at the end of the Proclamation and talked about some of the reasons why I thought that the issued the Proclamation when they did. In particular, at the time, the Church was trying very hard to be a party in a [gay marriage-related] litigation in Hawaii, and not long after that, they started to ask people in California to write legislators about a measure that was pending there about homosexuality, and also in Hawaii.”

“Later some anonymous member of the Church structure, in a directive to my stake president, took exception to my suggestion that this is a political document to fight homosexuality. Yet in the more than 12 years now since the Proclamation came into existence, I am not aware of any time or circumstance under which the Church has urged members or government leaders to enact a single measure to strengthen the family other than legislation that would undermine homosexual relationships.”

Hansen’s remarks are available for online streaming by courtesy of the website “Understanding LDS Homosexuality” and the Sunstone Foundation. A sound version of the full presentation, including Q&A;, is available in MP3 or CD-Rom format through the Sunstone Foundation.
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