Mormon church aimed for “plausible deniability” while covertly running anti-gay campaign

The Church of the Latter-Day Saints exchanged e-mails and conference calls, summoned 20,000 “volunteers,” hired  coordinators, and called for millions of dollars to overturn the right of gay couples to the legal protections of marriage. At the same time, they explicitly tried to maintain “plausible deniability”–the ability to lie plausibly that they were not behind the effort.

“As you know from the First Presidency this campaign is entirely under the direction of the priesthood…”

“What is the next step in this campaign? I understand all grassroots organizing efforts in OC will be led by Gary Lawrence, who will report directly to the Protect Marriage.com Coalition leaders. He has also been hired…

[Gary Lawrence was the State Grass Roots Area Director for Prop 8 opposition.]

Says Brother Jansen said LDS not to take lead, but to work through Protect Marriage. SLC had teleconference with 159 of 161 stake leaders in CA. Goal is $5million at $30 minimum donation per head.

…key talking points will come from the campaign, but cautious, strategic, not to take the lead so as to provide plausible deniability or respectable distance so as not to show that church is directly involved. We might look at religious belief as source of opposition and think that some folks would vote their religious conscience, but we would not know that this sort of direct church power is engaged.

Quotations are take n from the Box Turtle Bulletin.

Meanwhile, isn’t it odd that the Mormon church has never repudiated the theological basis for theirpolygamous and age-inappropriate tradition of  marriage?

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