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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Californians Vote Today on Mormon-backed Prop 22
Associated Press 5Mar00 N1
By Erica Werner: Associated Press Writer

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA -- Voters in the state of California will rule today on whether or not to recognize non-traditional marriages performed in other states. The issue has proved highly controversial in California, and polls suggest that the voters will approve the proposition, prohibiting the state from recognizing marriages that don't involve one man and one woman.

Religious leaders across the state have also weighed in on the measure. The LDS Church, along with the Roman Catholic and evangelical Christian churches are all supporting the measure, while other protestant sects oppose it, saying that it will lead to discrimination. Many major political leaders in California and the nation have weighed-in against the measure

Support in LDS congregation seems high, and local leaders continue to urge members to support the measure and to volunteer to get the vote out. Mormon-News has received reports of LDS congregations cancelling Sunday School, Relief Society and Priesthood meetings to give members time to solicit the support of their neighbors. Other congregations, even outside of Calfornia have been urged to fast and pray for passage of Proposition 22.

The latest Field Poll on the issue shows that voters favor the measure by 13 percentage points. The poll had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.


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