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Summarized by Kent Larsen

New Nebraska Defense of Marriage Group Formed to get LDS Out-of-State Money

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA -- The new group supporting Nebraska's Defense of the Marriage Act was started after the initial committee refused an offer of $600,000 from members of the LDS Church, according to a new article in the Lincoln Journal Star, which first wrote about the group's formation last week. The original group supporting the act, the Defense of the Marriage Act Committee, collected more than 156,000 signatures to get the petition on the November ballot, but turned down the money because it had earlier promised to solicit funds only in Nebraska.

After the offer was turned down, an LDS group, the Nebraska Catholic Conference and a non-profit group, Family First, decided to form the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage. While the group won't speculate about where its funding will come from, it has said it will accept donations from outside Nebraska.

The Defense of the Marriage Act Committee says it turned down the offer because they don't want to be accused of not representing Nebraska. "We want to conduct a campaign that is completely above reproach," Vaughn said the Rev. David Vaughn, spokesman for the Committee. "We also want to communicate to the homosexual community that the end does not justify the means." Earlier campaigns on the same issue in Hawaii and Alaska were criticized for accepting donations, which were called 'out-of-state' donations, from the LDS Church.

But the Lincoln Journal Star indicates that other reasons may also be behind the split. The Defense of the Marriage Act Committee is made up primarily of evangelical Christians, while the new Coalition for the Protection of Marriage includes Mormons and Catholics. Guyla Mills, executive director for the DOMA Committee, told the Journal Star that evangelical theology leads the DOMA Committee to believe that God will provide the needed funds. LDS Church members, on the other hand, believe that members must do the work first, and then God will provide the rest of what is needed.

Regardless of theological or other differences, the two committees say that they will "communicate and collaborate" on the effort. They are opposed by Nebraskans Against 416, which has so far raised $100,000 of its $500,000 goal, and plans to begin television advertising three weeks before the election. That group will also accept out-of-state money.


New voice for 416
Lincoln NE Journal Star 1Oct00 T1
By Nancy Hicks: Lincoln Journal Star


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