Hanks Slams Mormon Support Of Gay Marriage Ban
Tom Hanks has hit out at Mormon supporters of the gay-marriage ban in California - calling it "un-American" for homosexuals to be denied the right to wed.
Hanks, who executive produces hit TV series Big Love about a polygamous Mormon family, is convinced U.S. politicians will eventually step in and change the country's laws regarding same-sex unions.
And while he calls polygamy a "bizarre offshoot of the Mormon Church," the actor has hammered some of its followers for their alleged involvement in passing controversial bill Proposition 8 - outraged that modern society can still be prejudiced against gay relationships.
He says, "The truth is that a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen. There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American and I am one of them.
"I do not like to see any discrimination codified on any piece of paper in any of the 50 states in America.
"A little bit of light can be shed and people can see who's responsible and that can motivate the next go around of our self correcting constitution and hopefully we can move forward instead of backwards. So let's have faith in not only the American, but Californian constitutional process."
Homosexual couples in California were granted the right to wed last year (08) but had their rights revoked just months later after the passing of the bill, which reversed the previous ruling permitting the unions.