Hanks Slams Mormon Support Of Gay Marriage Ban

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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.


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Bfair

You would think that celebrities such as Tom Hanks wouldn't start talking about things which we has no facts about. When they get "ripped" by the Enquirer or Star they get all upset but feel they can do the same thing about other groups.Many actor/actresses live in a fairytale world so I guess they think that whatever they say is true. I really liked Tom Hanks as an actor but I will boycott his movies starting now.I think Tom deserves a little bit on his own medicine.
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Cool!And kudos to CA and MA.Cheers, Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,Washington CT USA
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Just curious, What's the difference between the Mormons buying Prop 8 and celebrities who bought the presidential election? Need a clue? Not a damn thing!!! Live with it Hollywood, Obama is not your answer, he will never vote for gay marriage, you screwed yourself!!!!Love it!!!
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It is hard to add any more. I, too, used to like Tom Hanks, but his character has now surfaced. He doesn't have one! America is about free speech, Mr. Hanks. Millions of Christians have spoken. You, my friend, are in the minority. By the way, based on my figures, there are about four times as many Mormons in America as there are gays. Why do we give them so much air time? Because the media disportionately reports on fringe activities and people. Back to Hanks, I completely agree with boycotting his movies. I believe he has a right, just like the rest of us, to express his opinion. But so do I. Let's boycott!
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first of all... MORMONS ARE NOT POLYGAMISTS!!... haha for a country so worried about being up to times- we sure are stuck in the 1800's with this one. And tom hanks is an idiot. It is very american to stand up for what you believe. If Obama can buy his presidency than the mormons can buy this prop... Who knew the mormons had so much power...
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I think when we worry more about what an actor thinks then what God thinks we are all in trouble. While Mr. Hanks is entitled to his opinion, as americans, we are all entitled to ours and to call anyone or any group un american for speaking out on their beliefs and then standing behind what they believe actually is un american. What a hypocrite! Mr. Hanks obviously has forgotten God and is an immoral man.
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