Oct 27, 2008 7:53 PM GMT
In the last 72 hours, 14,105 people have joined you in signing our letter to Mormon Church President-Prophet Thomas Monson, asking the Utah-based church to stop forcing its marriage views on Californians and stop funding the Proposition 8 campaign to "eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry."
And now, with Mormon Church member and "Yes on 8" leader Mark Jansson under scrutiny for being one of four signatories to the blackmail letter sent by the Prop 8 campaign to over 30 businesses across California, the church is feeling the heat.
With less than 24 hours left before the Courage Campaign's press event outside the Los Angeles Mormon Temple on Tuesday, we need your help again to spread the word about the Mormon Church's funding of Prop 8.
Please FORWARD this email to five friends today and ask them to sign our letter at the link below. DEADLINE: TUESDAY 10 AM:
Until the last three days, the mainstream media had given the Mormon Church a pass on Proposition 8, despite Mormons contributing more than $10 million -- at least 40% of the total raised -- to the "Yes on 8" campaign.
Because of you, that's starting to change. The 14,105 signatures of Courage Campaign members have helped expose the Mormon Church's deep involvement in trying to dictate public policy to Californians. On Thursday, the Associated Press covered the Courage Campaign's signature-gathering campaign in a national wire story. Additional stories followed, including this revealing piece in Utah's Salt Lake Tribune:
"The (Mormon) Church's campaign to pass Proposition 8 represents its most vigorous and widespread political involvement since the late 1970s, when it helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment... This time, LDS leaders have tapped every resource, including the church's built-in phone trees, e-mail lists and members' willingness to volunteer and donate money. Many California members consider it a directive from God and have pressured others to participate. Some leaders and members see it as a test of faith and loyalty." -- Peggy Fletcher Stack, Salt Lake Tribune, October 26
That's the bad news. The good news? On Saturday, the Sacramento Bee revealed that the Mormon Church had decided to shut down its Utah phone banks, but denied that the Courage Campaign's letter was related to their decision. The Mormon Church apparently realized that Californians don't appreciate being told how to vote by people from Utah.
That's why we need to spread the word to as many Californians as possible in the next 24 hours about the Mormon Church's funding of the lies broadcast by the Prop 8 campaign and the unbelievable blackmail letter Mark Jansson sent to anti-Prop 8 businesses.
To help the Courage Campaign deliver as many signatures as possible at Tuesday's press event outside the Los Angeles Mormon Temple, please FORWARD this message to five friends today and ask them to sign our letter. DEADLINE: TUESDAY 10 AM:
Thank you for doing everything in your power to defeat Prop 8 and protect marriage equality in California.