Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News pull ad criticizing LDS stance on Prop 8
December 29, 2008 by Bryan
The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News have pulled a full page ad placed by Utah businessman, Bruce Palenske, that criticized the Mormon Church over its role in funding Proposition 8, a measure that bans gay marriage in California.
“We have a signed contract, and the newspapers had already accepted payment for the ad when it was pulled literally 5 minutes before the production deadline,” said Palenske.
“This is clearly political,” Palenske continued. “I’ve placed millions of dollars worth of ads with these two papers over the years, and this is the first time something like this has ever happened. I can’t help but think that the LDS came in and put the brakes on this.”
The ads, which were scheduled to run on Dec. 28, had previously run in the Park City Record. They point out that approximately 70 percent of the funding for Prop 8 — more than $25 million — came through the efforts of the LDS Church, and asks people to contact the Internal Revenue Service to lodge a complaint.
You can view the ad that was supposed to run here.