By Kent Larsen
LDS-Supported DOMA Questions Win, Other Issues Fail
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The two LDS Church-supported Defense of
Marriage questions both passed in yesterday's election results, but
other issues widely supported by Mormons did not pass. Both
Nebraska's proposition 416 and Nevada's question 2 received 70% of
the vote in those states. But another anti-homosexual measure in
Oregon appears to have failed, and the fight of conservatives led by
LDS Church member Howard Ruff against Hillary Clinton's bid for a New
York Senate seat has also failed.
Both the Nebraska and Nevada efforts were expected to win, and in
Nebraska the proposition now has the force of law. Supporters in
Nevada will have to wait another two years and vote again on the
issue. Nevada requires that constitutional amendments such as
question 2 must be approved by voters on two separate occasions.
In Oregon, measure 9, which would prohibit the public schools in
Oregon from 'promoting' homosexuality, seems to have lost. Supporters
of the measure had sought support from LDS Church members and from
the Church, given the Church's previous support of the Defense of the
Marriage Act in that state. However, the LDS Church declined to take
a position on the measure, although many Church members supported it.
Meanwhile, LDS Church member Howard Ruff's efforts were frustrated in
New York when First Lady Hillary Clinton beat Republican challenger
Rick Lazio. Through his political action committee, Ruffpac, Ruff had
pumped millions of dollars into the race against Clinton.