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Few Protest Mormon Film at Sundance


A new documentary that chronicles the role the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints played in driving Proposition 8 drew far fewer protesters than expected during its Sundance Film Festival premiere last week.

According to the Associated Press, "Only about two dozen same-sex marriage activists chanted -- 'Separate, church from 8' -- in a parking lot outside the premiere of 8: The Mormon Proposition" on Sunday, January 24.

Initial signs suggested that many protesters might appear in Park City, Utah, the site of Sundance, to denounce the film by Reed Cowan, a former Mormon.

"A Utah-based anti-gay equality group, America Forever, sent out 80,000 faxes on Friday denouncing the movie, its makers and the festival on Friday," the AP reported. "Internet chatter among other anti-gay groups had also hinted they might come to Sundance, activist Eric Ethington said."

Mormon spokeswoman Kim Farah dismissed the film as "so obviously biased," according to the AP.

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