LDS Church Halts Utah Phone Calling for Proposition 8

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is scaling back its Utah phone-calling operation for California Proposition 8, a ballot measure to end same-sex marriage, but will continue to support the initiative.

In a statement by church spokesperson Kim Farah prepared Friday, Church members will no longer be making phone calls from Utah to California voters. At the request of the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign, Church members in Utah were enlisted to make calls on behalf of the measure by leaders in a letter read at Sunday services last month.

"However, the church has since determined that such phone calls are best handled by those who are registered California voters," Farah said.

The level of support given by church members has recently been under scrutiny by those following the issue. Some reports show that LDS Church members have donate 80 percent of all funds raised by poposition proponents.

Groups have delievered letters and petitions asking the church to stop its support of the measure. Another group, the Courage Campaign, plans to do so again next week.

Farah said in the statement that the church holds traditional marriage as a sacred institution ordained by God, and that the church will continue to support the measure despite curtailing its Utah phone bank operation.

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