SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - In the wake of a sometimes bitter, and
ultimately successful, campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California, leaders of the Mormon church are appealing for civility.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints played a vigorous role in the campaign to pass Proposition 8, which voters approved Tuesday. At the behest of church leaders, thousands of Mormons worked as grass roots volunteers and gave tens of
millions of dollars to the campaign.
Mormon elder L. Whitney Clayton says the church is concerned
about the emotional divide created by the issue and says he hopes
people will now treat each other with "love, civility and respect."
Like many other religious groups, Mormons consider traditional
marriage a sacred institution ordained by God, so they worked with
Catholics and evangelicals to pass Proposition 8.