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Pissed off about Prop 8? Try this:

Alert the IRS the Mormons are meddling in politics and should be investigated in regards to their tax-exempt status.

beastbriskett has posted the forms and information needed for you to let the IRS know that a religious institution that goes into the political biz is, you know, against the law and stuff.

(I mean, you'd think, historically, the Mormons would be all about the dreaded "slippery slope" that might lead to the heady days of polygamy and all...)

Thanks to gullinbursti for the heads up!

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jezebelleinhell
Nov. 5th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
I know that tax exempt nonprofits like churches are not allowed to support candidates for office but they can support props. I am not sure how far that meddling in the affairs of the state thing will go though. That will take some thought.
esprix
Nov. 5th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
Those pesky Mormons.
elemirion
Nov. 5th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
The Mormon church is the only one that pays taxes. The never took tax exempt status.
esprix
Nov. 5th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
Any cite for this?
elemirion
Nov. 5th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
I used to be a member, even served as a missionary. But I got better.

That was one of their big prides that they paid taxes.
darrelx
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
Doesn't matter... The IRS rules don't prohibit a Church or a 501(c)(3) from backing an issue, only from backing a candidate.
    The IRS has published Revenue Ruling 2007-41, which outlines how churches, and all 501(c)(3) organizations, can stay within the law regarding the ban on political activity. Also, the ban by Congress is on political campaign activity regarding a candidate; churches and other 501(c)(3) organizations can engage in a limited amount of lobbying (including ballot measures) and advocate for or against issues that are in the political arena. The IRS also has provided guidance regarding the difference between advocating for a candidate and advocating for legislation.


Perhaps your anger should be directed at the demographic that voted for Proposition 8 the most (as per the exit polls) -- that being Black voters. Exit polling data showed that demographic in support of a ban on Gay Marriage by about 70%... and since that demographic went to the polls in record numbers, that's probably why Proposition 8 passed.
esprix
Nov. 6th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
Old folks, too. And of course urban vs. rural is always there. Lots of places to look for reasons.

Alas, I shouldn't be surprised the largely conservative black community is opposed to gay marriage, but I still am every time this happens. It wasn't that long ago you all were relegated to the back of the bus, so why deny others? You won the White House - can we loosen up a tad towards us queers now, please? We'd be ever so grateful. :)
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