Mormon church faces fine over Prop 8 donations

4:07 PM, Jun 8, 2010   |    comments
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The executive director of the California Fair Political Practices Commission says the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was tardy in revealing about $37,000 worth of contributions to pass the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

Roman Porter is asking the commission when it meets Thursday to fine the Salt Lake City-based church $5,538 as a penalty for missing legal deadlines for reporting the work it performed on behalf of Proposition 8 in the 2008 election.

Porter's finding came in response to a complaint filed by a gay rights activist after the ballot measure passed 19 months ago.

A statement on the church's website says the violations were unintentional and stemmed from a misunderstanding about how often it needed to report its contributions.


The Associated Press

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