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“We ask that you do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time to assure that marriage in California is legally defined as being between a man and a woman. Our best efforts are required to preserve the sacred institution of marriage.” 

–    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints president Thomas S. Monson and First Counselors Henry B. Eyrring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf in a letter to Mormon leadership in California. The letter was read during LDS services on June 29 in the state.

“We are extremely disappointed in their action. This is a matter of civil marriage. It doesn't affect religious marriage.”

David Melson, senior assistant executive director of gay Mormon group Affirmation, criticizing the LDS Church’s letter against gay marriage in the Deseret News.

“This latest LDS political missive also declares that 'marriage between a man and a woman is ordained by God.' A man and a woman, singular. A fascinating declaration from the one Western religion notorious for polygamy. That is, marriage between one man and one woman and one more woman and yet another woman, etc. The LDS church flip-flopped on this issue only when it became clear that Utah would not gain statehood without such a reversal.

Apparently the definition of marriage isn’t quite as unyielding and unchanging as some gay-marriage opponents would have us all think.”

–    American Chronicle columnist Candace Talmadge, blasting the LDS Church for its letter urging California Mormons to vote in favor of amending the state’s constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage.

“As I think about the gay marriage battle, I can't help but realize how ridiculous it is. Marriages in this country are ending faster than they begin, and it only seems to be getting worse. With marriage rates at an all-time low, do we really want to allow even more people to get married? Why not legalize marriage for 14-year-olds while we're at it?”

–    Provo resident Deborah Peterson supporting the LDS Church’s letter against gay marriage in California in a letter to the Salt Lake Tribune.

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