Tom Hanks apologizes to Mormon community for un-American remark

January 24th, 2009 - 3:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Jan 24 (ANI): Hollywood actor Tom Hanks has apologized to the members of the Mormon community for calling them un-American for backing the gay marriage ban in California.

Hanks was reportedly upset with the Mormons for lending support to Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriages.

Tom Hanks stated then: “The truth is 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.”

However, the statements didnt go down well with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and they uttered disgust over Hanks un-American comment.

“Expressing an opinion in a free and democratic society is as American as it gets, People quoted a spokesperson for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kim Farah, as telling Fox News.

Following the uproar, the Forest Gump actor mellowed down, and apologized for his comments.

Last week, I labeled members of the Mormon church who supported California’’s Proposition 8 as “un-American.” I believe Proposition 8 is counter to the promise of our Constitution; it is codified discrimination. But everyone has a right to vote their conscience nothing could be more American, he stated.

To say members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who contributed to Proposition 8 are “un-American” creates more division when the time calls for respectful disagreement. No one should use “un- American” lightly or in haste. I did. I should not have, he added. (ANI)

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