January 23, 2009
Hanks apologizes for ‘un-American’ charge
Actor-producer Tom Hanks has apologized for saying Mormons who supported a ban on same-gender marriage in California are
un-American, Fox News Channel said.
Mormons contributed a significant portion of funding to support Proposition 8, which would reverse a state Supreme Court ruling that laws against same-sex marriage violate the state Constitution. Voters approved the referendum but it is being challenged in court.At an appearance in Hollywood last week to promote
Big Love,a show about polygamy that Hanks produces for HBO, the actor said there are
a lot of people who feel that (Mormon support for Proposition 8) is un-American, and I am one of them.
Mormon spokeswoman Kim Farah said
expressing an opinion in a free and democratic society is as American as it gets and Bill McKeever of the Mormonism Research Ministry said it is
un-American to tell people that they shouldn't vote their conscience.
Hanks apologized for the comment in a statement released by a publicist, Fox said Friday.
Last week, I labeled members of the Mormon church who supported California's Proposition 8 as 'un-American,' the statement said. "But everyone has a right to vote their conscience; nothing could be more American.
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, Hanks said.
No one should use 'un-American' lightly or in haste. I did. I should not have.