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More on Prop 8: LA Mormon Temple Welcomes (Some) Visitors

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Rick Jacobs, Chair of the Courage Campaign, accompanied by Reverend Eric Lee, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Council of California, held a press conference outside the Los Angeles Mormon Temple this week. They attempted to peacefully deliver a petition with nearly 17,000 names of Californians opposed to the Mormon Church's funding and tactics in support of Proposition 8. They simply asked that the LA Mormon Church pass on these petitions to Utah. This video literally captures the runaround that the church gave them, and in the end, they were denied an opportunity to talk to a representative of the church or to even deliver the signature-laden pieces of cardboard.

At the press conference, Rick Jacobs noted, "It was only 30 years ago, in 1978, that the Mormon church allowed African-Americans to be in the clergy of the church -- only 30 years ago. I hope that the Mormon church doesn't have to wait another 30 years to realize that it made a mistake in the way it deals with the rest of America."

To date, the Mormon church has pumped millions of dollars into California to fund commercials that distort the facts on Prop 8, and is the largest donor the Yes on Prop 8 campaign. In addition, Mark Jansson, a member of the Mormon church and a "Yes on 8" Executive Committee member, contributed to a blackmail letter to donors to the "No on 8" campaign.

Despite being snubbed by the LA Mormon temple, the Courage Campaign promises that Californians signatures will be delivered this weekend -- to the Mormon Church headquarters in Utah. We hope that they're more welcoming to peaceful visitors.