2008-11-28 / Letters

Questions donations

Many of us are disappointed with the vote that will change the California Constitution to forbid gay marriage, and we are astounded at the amount of money spent on Prop. 8.

In Camarillo, the Yes on 8 campaign donations topped $200,000 dollars. Most of the money came from individual members of the Mormon Church, as identified on web sites with lists from the California secretary of state donors and crosschecked with BYU alumni records and other rosters.

Californians Against Hate released figures showing that $17.67 million was contributed by 59,000 Mormon families, or about 77 percent of donations in support of California's proposed marriage ban.They also contributed $6.9 million to pass a similar law in Arizona.

I am puzzled why these churches would spend so much money on an issue that will pass in the future. Surely, they have read the statistics that show that the older generation is against gay marriage but the younger generation isn't, and they will eventually vote to extend marriage rights to gays and lesbians.

These millions of dollars could have helped our California communities in so many positive ways. It is telling that some religions felt that this was the best use of their time and money. Kate McDermott Camarillo

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