Carlos Aguero, the church's public-affairs director for Argentina, was reported to have attended a meeting with other conservative organizations mobilized against the proposal. Furthermore, the church's First Presidency published a letter that was read at CLDS churches throughout Argentina on July 6th that claimed, “marriage is between a man and a woman and is ordained of God." That communiqué fell short of calling for outright political activism similar to actions by the CLDS two years ago in favor of California’s Proposition 8. According to a Mormon historian interviewed by USA TODAY, however, the letter represented a major step for CLDS political activism outside of the U.S.
The actions by the CLDS in Argentina have reportedly been condemned by some of its parishioners such as the Church’s support group for gays:
Affirmation, a support group for gay and lesbian Mormons, is criticizing the LDS Church for its efforts to thwart the legalization of same-sex marriage in Argentina. Last week, Argentina became the first Latin American nation to allow gay marriage. Mexico City also sanctions such unions…In the end the actions by the CLDS may be insufficient to stem the gradual expansion of rights for homosexuals throughout Latin America.
"This is another appalling example of the LDS trying to dominate government decisions being made by democratically elected officials," David Melson, executive director of Affirmation, said in a statement.
Update: With a stroke of the pen from President Cristina Fernandez on Wednesday, Argentina officially become the first Latin American state to legalize same-sex marriages.
Image- The Guardian (“A couple kisses outside Argentina's congress during a rally supporting a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.”)
Online Sources- The Latin Americanist, Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, CBS5.com, USA TODAY, LAHT