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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.


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