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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Church Active in Two Anti-Gay-Marriage Efforts, Oregon Anti-Gay Ed Measure Ignored

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- After more than 30 US states have passed measures designed to keep homosexuals from getting the right to marry, the LDS Church is actively working in two states, Nevada and Nebraska, to pass two additional measures on the November ballot. But a measure on Oregon's ballot that would control what is taught about homosexuality in publis schools hasn't attracted Church efforts.

In Nevada, the Church is supporting a ban on same-sex marriages in the state, in what may be one of the more important states for this effort, due to its reputation for quick divorces and marriages. According to the Los Angeles Times, the effort has attracted support mainly from Nevada's "old-timers" those who have stayed more than a few years in what is surely one of the most transient states in the US. The Nevada measure is an amendment to the state's constitution, which, under Nevada's constitution, must be approved again in 2002 in order to pass. The measure is expected to be approved the first time in November.

Nebraska's measure is also an amendment to the state constitution, and like Nevada, it is expected to pass, doubling the number of state constitutional amendments on homosexual marriage from two to four. The other states have all passed laws instead of the more permanent amendments to their state constitutions. In Nevada the Church originally participated as part of the DOMA Committee, which gathered the signatures necessary to get the measure on the ballot. Now, however, the Church is participating in the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, a new group that accepts donations from outside of Nebraska, unlike the DOMA Committee.

Interestingly, the LDS Church is not participating in Oregon's Measure 9, a ballot referendum that seeks to bar schools from sanctioning or promoting homosexuality. That measure has not attracted support from the Catholic Church in Oregon either, in spite of its activity in support of DOMA initiatives elsewhere. The LDS Church and the Catholic Church are the two largest denominations in Oregon.

See also:

On Hot-Button Political Issues, Nevada Is a Johnny-Come-Lately
Los Angeles Times 6Oct00 T1
By Tom Gorman: Times Staff Writer

Purely anti-gay law, two partners say
Lincoln NE Journal Star 8Oct00 T1
By Nancy Hicks: Lincoln Journal Star

The 416 Debate
Lincoln NE Journal Star 8Oct00 T1

Measure 9 is galvanizing Christian supporters, foes
Portland OR Oregonian 6Oct00 T1
By Bill Graves and Tomoko Hosaka: Oregonian Staff
Churches differ on the initiative that would bar promoting or sanctioning homosexuality in schools


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