The recent string of state-level successes for gay-marriage advocates is largely due to the fact that the Mormon church has decided it was done picking that fight, Mother Jones reports.
Stephanie Mencimer writes in a piece online Friday that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has stayed away from states like Maryland, Minnesota and Delaware, which have all passed same-sex marriage legislation, and Minnesota, which is on its way to becoming the 12th state to pass such a measure.
That’s quite difference from the church’s role in the 2008 Proposition 8 fight here in California. Many people believe the Mormon church’s heavy campaigning in California was the biggest influence in getting the gay-marriage ban passed. Five years later, a lot has changed.
The LDS Church “seems to have returned to focusing on homosexuality as a personal issue rather than a political one,” Mencimer write. “After years of working behind the scenes, hiring lobbyists, and mobilizing its members to fight state referendums sympathetic to same-sex marriage, it appears to have simply dropped the rope.”
Meanwhile, the fate of Prop 8 rests with the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to announce its ruling in a challenge to the ban later this summer.