Mormon church reports higher spending on gay marriage ban

Sunday Feb 1, 2009

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Mormon church officials say they spent $190,000 more supporting the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban than they previously reported.

They previously listed just $2,078 to support the ban.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being investigated by the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

The report filed Friday with the secretary of state lists church leaders' travel expenses; $20,575 to use facilities and equipment at the church's Salt Lake City headquarters; and $96,849 to pay employees who worked for the ban.

Fred Karger of Californians Against Hate says the disclosures show the church previously failed to properly report spending. His group, which opposed Proposition 8, filed the complaint with campaign watchdogs in November.

Church officials aren't immediately commenting.

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  • Chino Blanco, 2009-02-01 23:47:47

    It’s curious that none of the local Utah TV stations have mentioned this story, until today, and then only one, Fox13: Not only is the LDS church not commenting at this point, it would seem that they’re encouraging the Utah media to avoid commenting as well. This story is a big deal for Mormons, as any story would be that might lead the rank-and-file to question the leadership’s competence. Charges of hypocrisy and dishonesty don’t register with believers, but watching the leadership being held to account for incompetence (or worse) does.

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