National organization supporting LDS Democrats announced

SALT LAKE CITY – The formation of a national organization supporting Democratic members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was announced Thursday.

Members of the LDS Dems, a group started in Utah last year, announced in a press conference Thursday the creation of the LDS Democrats of America. At its launch the group already consist of ten chapters throughout the county, and is meant “provide a home for LDS Democrats everywhere,” National Chair Rob Taber said.

Taber said the LDS church has a long and rich history in being “anxiously engaged in the Democratic Party and progressive cause.”

Over the last 40 years however, that has changed, lending to “a common misconception inside and outside the church that there is only one way to be involved in political life as a good Mormon, and that’s as a Republican,” Taber said.

The group was also created to highlight the fact there is a diversity of thought and political opinion within the membership of the LDS church, though Taber emphasized the fact the group doesn’t speak for the church in any way.

Mormon Democrats are sometimes afraid to identify themselves, particularly in Utah, he said. The term “Democratic” itself is sometimes treated like a four-letter word, he said.

“One of our biggest problems is the feeling of isolation that sometimes comes with being an LDS Democrat,” said Crystal Young-Otterstrom, LDS Dems of America vice chair. “So it’s great to have the strength of such a large organization behind us.”

Along with organizing Mormon Democrats and giving them a place to gather on the national scale, LDS Dems of America will also seek out and support candidates who are “honest, wise and good,” Taber said.

The organization will support good Democratic candidates whether they are Mormon or not, he added.

“We invite all – Democrats, Republicans, independents, progressives, conservatives, and moderates; fellow Latter-day Saints, friends of other faiths, and friends of no religion – to join us in our local communities and online,” he said said.

LDS Dems of America can be contacted through their website and Facebook page.

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3 Comments

  • Jason April 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

    LDS democrat? Talk about a confused individual. That’s pretty much all democrats though, so at least it rings consistent with the party even though it is inconsistent with LDS values.

  • Rod Lawrence April 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Why are you wasting your time, The facts are you can’t believe in the fundamental beliefs of the Mormon Church and believe in the Democratic Platform. Its literally a conflict of interest, and trying to ride both sides of the fence shows how conflicted Dems in the ‘Church really are. Why are you wasting your time. Right is right, and no matter what you do, the Church will not change it stance on the issues Democrats so strongly believe in. Look at that idiot Harry Reed and other well known Mormon Democrats they are hypocrites. They make fools out of themselves. Its interesting to watch people try and speak out of both sides of their mouths. Its hard to believe you think you can change or make any difference in the Mormon Churches stance on issues. The Church is not ran by people, it is ran by God. Do you really think he will change his stance due to your misdirected beliefs?
    Amazing!

  • Cecil Gabriel April 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    There is but two issues LDS Republican base their base their following on. Abortion and Gays. And there is little noticeable difference in LDS policy in it that the Democrats. To me many more issues are much more important to the planet, the air we breathe and our environment in general. Republican Corporate policy dictates profit at the cost of the environment. Republican politicians are for corporate rule and support them at any cost. Without a clean air, safe affordable water to drink, safe pesticide free food, a clean environment, what good is all the gay and abortion issues without a fit planet to live?

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