15 years ago today - 6/29/2008

Letter read in most California wards and branches while gay pride day parades were underway. Local LDS leaders (temple presidency members, mission presidents) act as spokesmen (no spokeswomen in NorCal) with CA media. The letter was addressed to "General Authorities, Area Seventies, and the following in California: Stake and Mission Presidents; Bishops and Branch Presidents." Some wards and branches in other states heard the letter read over the pulpit as well, and some California congregations heard the letter on a different day due to local scheduling requirements. Some bishops remind members that there may be press attention or protests resulting from the letter, and that members should conduct themselves with dignity and Christ-like love. [The letter states in part: "We ask that you do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time to assure that marriage in California is legally defined as being between a man and a woman."]

[Mormons for Marriage: A Prop 8 Timeline, http://mormonsformarriage.com/?page_id=68]

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