Posted: Nov 5, 2008 02:02 PM
A constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage was approved - by a slim margin - in California Tuesday.
Proposition 8 overturned the state Supreme Court's decision that gay couples have a right to marry.
Among the supporters of Proposition 8 was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Wednesday, the church released a comment about the measure's passing:
"Allegations of bigotry or persecution made against the Church were and are simply wrong. The Church's opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility toward gays and lesbians."
The Mormon Church also said they do not object to "the right for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the traditional family or the constitutional rights of churches."
They also said that some people have mistaken their involvement in moral issues for being involved in politics: "In fact, churches and religious organizations are well within their constitutional rights to speak out and be engaged in the many moral and ethical problems facing society. While the Church does not endorse candidates or platforms, it does reserve the right to speak out on important issues."