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Mormon Church And NOM Accused Of Violating Hawaii Election Laws

by David Badash on October 28, 2013

in Marriage,News

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The Mormon Church and NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, are being accused once again of violating state election laws by Fred Karger, the gay Republican political activist and consultant. Karger, who last year became the first openly-gay republican to run for president, on Friday sent an eleven-page document to the Hawaii state Ethics Commission detailing his complaint.

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Calling NOM a “front group” for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Karger, the founder of Rights Equal Rights, in a press release writes:

“After assurances two years ago that the Mormon Church was officially out of the anti-gay marriage business that it has led since 1995, the powerful and secretive Mormon Church is now back fighting marriage equality,” said Karger. “They are once again being duplicitous and refusing to register all the paid Mormon Church employees who have been lobbying Hawaii state legislators in advance of this week’s Special Legislative Session.”

Karger’s lengthy document (below) charges that the Mormon Church “appears to be violating State of Hawaii ethics laws by failing to register all of its paid employees who may be lobbying state legislators. The LDS Church has once again come out strongly against same-sex marriage, and there are reports that they have high ranking paid Church employees urging Senate and House members to vote against the same-sex marriage bill when it is heard during next week’s Special Legislative Session.”

It looks like the Mormon Church has been spending of its time and means to defeat this bill.

Arguably the most prominent Mormon Church employee in Hawaii is BYU Hawaii President Steven C. Wheelwright. President Wheelwright appears to be involved in this year’s Hawaii vote.

The document itself is fascinating and explains Karger’s view of how NOM came into being, and the huge financial investment Karger claims the Mormon Church has made in defeating same-sex marriage in California and elsewhere.


Hawaii Ethics Commission Letter.pdf

Image of Mormon’s Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, via Wikipedia

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russellsvocation October 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Like they give a rat's ass. Weren't they accused, tried and convicted and ordered to reveal their donors in a case in New Hampshire a few years ago and are still thumbing their noses at the court?

Mommadog1950 October 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Why are churches allowed to interfere in political agendas? They love to flaunt their "exempt" status, but seem to poke their collective noses in everything they don't agree with. If they want to give up their "exempt" loopholes, fine, otherwise stay the hell out of politics and the way people choose to vote!

barbonine October 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm

If they want to play politics, they're going to have to pay. And by 'pay,' I mean, give up that tasty tax exemption for religion, because religions aren't supposed to dabble in influence.

LOrion October 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm

WHOOT! Got it to Equality Hawaii fb group..and they are sharing it around..THANKS DAVID!

greencar October 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Newsflash, Separation of church and state means Keeping the state (government) out of church and issues relating to church. Marriage is ordained of God not the government. We have every intention and right to fight for traditional marriage in fact God expects us to whether you like it or not. Stop seeking the Government to pass your agenda. You are the ones making it a political issue when if fact the constitution does not allow the government to have any say and no authority to pass laws sanctioning it.

CoraJudd October 28, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Newsflash yourself.
FLASH 1: Marriage is a three-way contract between the signers and the state. The religious hoodoo adds absolutely nothing to the legal protections of the signers or their children. That's why when one or both of the parties wants redress and other binding legal recourse, they DON'T go to god, they go to court to enforce the contract. God is predictably silent when justice is prayed for. The courts, on the other hand, take action and right wrongs.
FLASH 2: The Constitution actually does allow states to decide these issues – are you paying attention to how this works?
FLASH3: How does god define "traditional marriage"? Polygamy? Marriage to one's rapist? Procreating with one's father? One's sibling? None; celibacy? God of the bible seems pretty cool with all of this. So His kind of traditional marriage would get you 15 years to life in the real world.
(Are you wearing an ankle bracelet by chance)?

SammySeattle October 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Which god? The gods of the traditions of the Hawaiian Islands number in the hundreds.

SammySeattle October 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm

and try reading the actual constitution.

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