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