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LDS Political Advocacy

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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy book series (PSRPP)

Abstract

The LDS Church has actively opposed same-sex marriage since it first became a prolific state issue in Hawaii during the late 1990s, but was noticeably restrained in 2012, when three states voted to legalize it, a historic first in American politics. The issue of marriage has received more political attention from the contemporary LDS Church than any other political issue. As discussed in the previous chapter, the church has rigorously pursued an apolitical and nonpartisan approach to electoral politics for decades. At the same time, the church has also demonstrated a willingness to engage political issues that relate to core beliefs of Mormonism. Mormon opposition to the ERA and the legalization of same-sex marriage are the two most prominent examples.

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Sexual Orientation Church Leader Constitutional Amendment Political Action Commit Traditional Marriage 
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Notes

  1. 15.
    David Campbell and Quinn Monson, “Following the Leader? Mormon Voting on Ballot Propositions,” The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 42.4 (2003): 606.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    David Campbell and Quinn Monson, “Following the Leader? Mormon Voting on Ballot Propositions,” The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 42.4 (2003): 616.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    David Damore, Ted Jelen, and Michael Bowers, “Sweet Land of Liberty; The Gay Marriage Amendment in Nevada,” in Religious Interests in Community Conflict (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2007).Google Scholar

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