Tom Hanks Apologizes for Calling Mormon Supporters of Proposition 8 ‘Un-American’

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Tom Hanks says he’s sorry he told that Mormons who supported California’s constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage were “un-American.”

“Last week, I labeled members of the Mormon church who supported California’s Proposition 8 as ‘un-American,'” the actor said in a statement through his publicist. “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,” the statement continues. “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.”

The “Big Love” producer made his original remarks at the Los Angeles premiere of the HBO series last week.

“The truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen,” he told “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, any of the 50 states in America, but here’s what happens now.”



5 thoughts on “Tom Hanks Apologizes for Calling Mormon Supporters of Proposition 8 ‘Un-American’

  1. I didn’t hear Tom Hanks make this “apology” but if the statement above is accurate not anywhere do I hear “I apologize” or “I am sorry”. Also, the part where Hanks says,“The truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen” is false. Actually, the truth is that LDS believe ‘marriage is sanctioned of God between a man and a woman’ and members of the LDS faith (mormons) were encouraged to get involved in their local communities to show support for that belief. Realistically there are probably a lot of mormons in California but Prop 8 was highly controversial with support for and against and the majority let their voices be heard regardless of whether they are mormon, catholic, homosexual, liberal, conservative, etc.

  2. Yeah, Janalee, good point. Hanks didn’t say “I’m sorry.” I guess his admitting that he shouldn’t have said those things is about all we’re going to get. He was probably getting a lot of heat from his conservative fans. He was wrong about LDS people giving money to the Church. He didn’t even know what he was talking about. Members of the Church gave their Prop 8 donations directly to the Prop 8 campaign. Thanks for your comment!

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