Gay support group criticizes Mormon leadership

Associated Press/October 11, 2008

Leaders of a support group for gay and lesbian Mormons on Saturday criticized their church for its efforts to ban gay marriage in California.

Olin Thomas, executive director of Affirmation, says The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is using fear to sway voters.

On Nov. 4, California voters will decide whether to ban same-sex marriage in the state's constitution. The Mormon church is part of a coalition of conservative groups working to pass Proposition 8.

Thomas says church leaders were wrong when they said last week that failing to pass the proposition would force churches to sanction same-sex marriage and require schools to teach children that gay and heterosexual marriages are the same.

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