Gay rights petition delivered to Mormon church
November 4, 2009
A foundation that supports gay rights delivered a petition Wednesday to Mormon church leaders asking them to reconsider their policies and political activism against gay marriage.
About 50 members of the Foundation for Reconciliation delivered the petition to mark the one-year anniversary of a ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in California, spokesman Peter Danzig said. The foundation had collected about 2,000 signatures on the petition, which has circulated online since June.
A church security staffer accepted the delivery, which was brought to the downtown Salt Lake City headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by a group pulling a replica of a Mormon pioneer handcart. About half the group had pulled the handcart about five miles from This is the Place state park, which memorializes the entrance of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake valley in 1847...