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Prop. 8: Mormon church expresses support for gay marriage decision

May 26, 2009 |  4:26 pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which played a somewhat controversial role in the Prop. 8 campaign, expressed support for the California Supreme Court's decision upholding the ban on gay marriage.

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognizes the deeply held feelings on both sides, but strongly affirms its belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman," the church said in a statement released from Salt Lake City. "The bedrock institution of marriage between a man and a woman has profound implications for our society. These implications range from what our children are taught in schools to individual and collective freedom of religious expression and practice.... Accordingly, the Church stands firmly for what it believes is right for the health and well-being of society as a whole."

Members of the church were significant financial backers of Proposition 8, which California voters approved last year. Some critics have questioned whether the church violated campaign finance laws, but church officials have insisted they did nothing wrong.

-- Shelby Grad