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Out of ObscurityMormonism since 1945$
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Patrick Q. Mason and John G. Turner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199358212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358212.001.0001

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Mormons and Same-Sex Marriage

Mormons and Same-Sex Marriage

From Era to Prop 8

(p.144) 7 Mormons and Same-Sex Marriage
Out of Obscurity

Neil J. Young

Oxford University Press

The LDS Church gained notice and notoriety for its role in the 2008 passage of California’s Proposition 8, which amended the state’s constitution by restricting marriage to unions between one man and one women. The church, however, has a much longer record of objecting to homosexuality and gay rights, a history often obscured by the numerically larger narrative of evangelical and Catholic anti-gay activism. For forty years the LDS Church has involved itself in efforts to prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage, using political tactics established in its successful challenge to the Equal Rights Amendment during the 1970s. At the same time, in more recent years the church has distanced itself from other same-sex marriage opponents by supporting expanded civil rights for gays and lesbians outside of the issue of marriage.

Keywords:   Mormonism, same-sex marriage, Equal Rights Amendment, Proposition 8, LDS Church, gay rights

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