Less than 24 hours after personally filing Referendum 74 with the Washington state attorney general’s office, Joseph Backholm of the Family Policy Institute of Washington and John Paulton of Focus on the Family met with “Mormon Church Leaders” in Washington. A staffer at the Family Policy Institute initially disclosed the meeting by phone, the meeting was later confirmed directly by Joseph Backholm.
The Family Policy Institute of Washington is a Washington state-based group that advocates for maintaining the legal definition of marriage as between “one man and one woman”. Focus on the Family is national organization that also opposes same sex marriage. Both groups are part of a coalition called “Preserve Marriage Washington” that submitted the referendum.
It is unknown what was discussed or agreed to at the meeting, or which church leaders attended. During proposition 8, members of the church were encouraged to donate time and money to support the proposition, which won at the voting polls but has been struck down by the courts (currently under appeal).
A new facebook page has been created for Mormons in Washington state who support marriage equality: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wamo4ma/.
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