Talk:Alaska Ballot Measure 2 (1998)

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Peer Review[edit]

Yo K.C. Your article seems very complete to me. After reading it, I was not left with any questions, which I assume is a good thing. Anyway I went back through and had trouble finding anything wrong with it, which I also assume is a good thing. Although I did notice that in some places you had the reference number within the period instead of outside. I believe it is supposed to be after the period like it is in the rest of your citations. Anyway, not a lot of changes needed. Reviewing your article really helped make some formatting changes to my article. Thanks for that. Legin-gross-drawkcab (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 03:19, 22 October 2010 (UTC).

Shouldn't same-sex marriage have its own page? Difbobatl (talk) 00:26, 13 October 2014 (UTC)

Sources of funding for Ballot Measure 2[edit]

The support for Ballot Measure 2 came mainly from the Mormon church in Utah, but various secondary sources for the financing no longer have live links. The stories are not found on the Wayback Machine either. However, here are ledes from contemporary stories that appeared shortly before the 1998 election:

Reuters October 1, 1998 MORMONS JOIN ALASKA TO BAN GAY MARRIAGE By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Salt Lake City-based Mormon church has donated $500,000 to the campaign for an amendment to the Alaska constitution that would ban same-sex marriages, a group seeking passage of the measure said Thursday. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints made the pledge last week and the money arrived Wednesday, said Kristina Johannes, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Family Coalition, a group campaigning in favor of the constitutional amendment... So far, including the donation from the Mormon church, the Alaska Family Coalition has raised about $600,000, more than half of the $1 million targeted when the group formed earlier this year, Johannes said. The total includes a $25,000 donation, plus a pledge of $25,000 to match other donations, from the Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Working Families, a conservative group headed by Christian activist Gary Bauer, Johannes said. The push for a constitutional amendment grew out of a lawsuit pressed by two Anchorage men who are seeking the right to marry each other. The Republican-controlled state legislature approved the amendment in May after a state judge refused to dismissed (sic) the men's lawsuit against the state.

Anchorage Daily News, October 3, 1998 Anchorage, Alaska, USA Same-sex marriage foes given $500,000 Mormon gift infuriates opponents By LIZ RUSKIN, Daily News reporter The Utah-based Mormon Church has given $500,000 to the campaign working for passage of an amendment to the Alaska Constitution that would ban same-sex marriage, the campaign announced this week.

SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, October 5, 1998 Church Funds Initiative to Ban Same-Sex Marriages in Alaska BY BOB MIMS, THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE The LDS Church has weighed into the battle over an Alaskan initiative seeking to ban same-sex marriages in a big way, pouring $500,000 into a campaign to pass the state constitutional amendment. The donation, confirmed Sunday by Mormon church spokesman Michael Otterson, dwarfed the $100,000 total raised for the Ballot Measure 2 initiative campaign by the Alaska Family Coalition (AFC). "We're pretty bowled over," AFC spokeswoman Kristina Johannes told the Anchorage Daily News. So was Allison Mendel, an attorney who co-chairs the opposition "No on No. 2" campaign. "It's outrageous that a group based in Utah would flood our state with money to try to purchase a change in our constitution," she said.

Activist (talk) 09:39, 18 January 2015 (UTC)