Anger over gay marriage vote directed at Mormons

UNDATED (AP) - Supporters of gay marriage, frustrated over a
ballot-box defeat in California, have channeled much of their anger
toward the Mormons and their temples.

Some opponents of the measure point to extensive Mormon organizing and the staggering amount of money donated by individual Mormons at the behest of church leaders in Salt Lake City.

Since the measure's passage last week, media outlets reported chants of "Mormon scum" and slurs against church founder Joseph Smith at a demonstration outside a Los Angeles-area temple. And a church meeting-house was vandalized. More Mormon-specific protests are in the works.

The backlash against Mormons has ignited a debate over whether the church deserves to be singled out for what opponents believe was a dishonest campaign or is an easy political target as a minority religion that has taken plenty of lumps.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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