New LDS ward email about gay civil unions attracts attention

New LDS ward email about gay civil unions attracts attention

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - An email from an LDS Ward opposing gay civil rights bill in Illinois uses strong and unusual language.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It appears a LDS Church Ward in the midwest is now getting involved in another state's battle over gay rights and doing so using what might be considered very unusual language.

ABC 4 has uncovered a purported LDS Church Ward email dealing with Illinois' new proposed law dealing with civil unions.

The LDS Church, of course, played a significant role in passing Prop 8.

That California ballot measure banned gay marriage there.

And Thursday - about the same time the California Supreme Court hears a landmark case about Prop 8 - the Illinois legislature takes up the issue of gay civil unions.

Once again, the LDS Church is involved.

Reportedly, an email was sent out via a LDS Church ward website to all members of the Nauvoo, Illinois 3rd ward.

It asks Nauvoo 3rd Ward members to help defeat Illinois house bill 2234.

This bill would create legal civil unions in Illinois.

And it has a big committee hearing before Illinois legislators Thursday morning.

But what's unusual about the email is some of the strong language it uses.

"As has already been seen in Massachusetts, this will empower the public schools to begin teaching this lifestyle to our young children..."


and later the email goes on to say,
 

"It will also create grounds for rewriting all social mores; the current push in Massachusetts is to recognize and legalize all transgender rights (an individual in Massachusetts can now change their drivers license to the gender they believe themselves to be, regardless of actual gender, which means that confused men and women are now legally entering one another's bathrooms and locker rooms. What kind of a safety issue is this for our children?)


But what presumably was meant just for Nauvoo Illinois 3rd Ward LDS members, is now appearing on the internet.

LDS Church Statement Regarding Illinois H.B. 2234

"The Church did not send an e-mail to its members in regards to House Bill 2234, although a false report to the contrary has been circulated. An e-mail was sent from a local Illinois Church leader to his congregation – one of 129 congregations in the state — who was free to express his own views.” -LDS Church statement

“As is widely known, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of traditional marriage. The Church has not taken a position on any legislation currently being considered by the Illinois State Legislature. The Church did not send an e-mail to its members in regards to House Bill 2234, although a false report to the contrary has been circulated. An e-mail was sent from a local Illinois Church leader to his congregation – one of 129 congregations in the state — who was free to express his own views.”


-Scott Trotter, Church spokesman

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