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'Crash' director cuts ties with Scientology, citing church's gay marriage stand [Updated]

October 26, 2009 |  1:31 pm

Paulhaggis A well-known Hollywood director has severed ties with the Church of Scientology, citing in part the church's support for Proposition 8, the ballot measure last year that banned same-sex marriage in California.

According to the Associated Press, "Crash" director Paul Haggis "said he was disappointed by the church’s tacit denial of gay rights and its backing of California’s gay marriage ban.... Ziggy Kozlowski, a publicist for Haggis, confirmed that the director wrote the letter. Kozlowski said the letter was intended to remain private."

Voters approved Prop. 8 in November 2008, despite strong opposition from many Hollywood figures. Advocates of same-sex marriage are planning to ask voters to reconsider the ban in 2010 or 2011.

According to AP, Haggis wrote the letter in August and it has since been reprinted on some blogs and websites.

[Updated, 4:22 p.m.: Tommy Davis, a Scientology spokesman, said that the church did not support Proposition 8 and that Haggis might have believed differently because of an erroneous endorsement announcement involving a San Diego chapter of the church.]

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press.

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