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State probes Mormon church's role in gay marriage campaign

November 24, 2008 |  6:40 pm

Some in the anti-Prop. 8 camp have long suggested the Mormon church played a bigger role in funding the ballot measure banning gay marriage than has been publicly disclosed. Of course, we've seen little evidence to support that. But today, state campaign finance officials announced they will look at the church's role -- thought they stress the probe does not suggest the church did anything wrong. From AP:

California officials are planning to investigate whether the Mormon church gave an accurate accounting of its role in the campaign that succeeded in getting a same-sex marriage ban approved in the state. The action by the California Fair Political Practices Commission came in response to a complaint filed two weeks ago by a gay rights activist. Fred Karger, founder of Californians Against Hate, accuses the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of failing to report the value of the work it did to support Proposition 8. Roman Porter, the agency’s executive director, said Monday that the decision to open an investigation does not mean staff members have determined there was any wrongdoing, only that Karger’s complaint merits further inquiry. A representative from the Salt Lake City-based church could not be reached for comment.

--Shelby Grad

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