Mormon Church Enters Fight Over Gay Marriage

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Salt Lake City (AP) Mormon church leaders are asking California members to amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriages.

The ballot measure defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

A June 20th letter sent to Mormon Congregation Bishops calls upon Mormons to donate “means and time” to the ballot measure. The letter is signed by Church President Thomas S. Monson and his two top counselors.

A note on the letter says it should be read during church services June 29th, but it was published on several internet web sites Saturday.

Scott Trotter, a spokesman for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, says the letter is authentic. Trotter declined to comment further, saying the letter states the church's reasons for getting involved.

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