Prop 8 is PR Fiasco for Mormons, Romney

Posted on 21 November 2008 by admin

The Salt Lake Tribune reported today on the fallout for the Mormon church from Prop 8 and ramifications for the political aspirations of high profile Mormon, former Massachusetts Governor, and Presidential contender Mitt Romney.

One article talks with Gregory and JaLynn Prince, LDS church members in Washington, D.C.  Even there, they have felt the backlash from the Mormon involvement in Proposition 8.  Their daughter, a Boston University student, has lost friends, while their son, an LDS missionary, has found it more difficult to spread the Mormon gospel.

The couple participated in a new Mormonism class at Wesley Theological Seminary, where the students pointedly asked them: “What was your church thinking?”

Here are some additional quotes from the article:

“We are not taking sides on the issue, but the way this was done has hurt our people and the church’s image,” JaLynn Prince said. “It reminds me of the naive public relations strategy we had regarding the Equal Rights Amendment.”

“The Olympics had this nice afterglow for Mormons and, boy, is that gone,” said Sarah Barringer Gordon of the University of Pennsylvania, who studies LDS history and culture.

“Politics is a tough game, especially at this visceral level where one side is talking about religion and the other about rights, ” said Gordon, the Penn scholar. “I would be surprised to see them do this again. They really need to heal some wounds.”

Read the full article at the Salt Lake Tribune

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