The LDS Democrats are the largest caucus within Utah's Democratic Party - and they're not happy with the church's stance on medical marijuana.
Last week, the Church of Latter-day Saints came out in opposition to Proposition 2, the ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana for some patients in Utah. The Church added their name to a list of other anti-cannabis groups in encouraging people of the Mormon faith to vote against the initiative.
However, many Mormons have already expressed their disappointment with the Church's stance, and LDS Democrats are now adding their voices to the argument calling the Church's claims unfounded.
"We are especially disappointed that the church's entry into the conversation was alarmist and riddled with factual errors and misrepresentations," the LDS Dems' statement as obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune says. "We wish there was some discernible pattern to the issues the church finds pressing - but we are as bewildered by their choices on this front as everyone else."
The LDS Dems' chairman Eric Biggart asserts that the caucus doesn't have their own formal opinion of medical marijuana legalization in Utah and instead hopes to encourage people to think about the issues critically.
"I would say we're inviting voters to use their God-given agency," he said. "Just think for yourselves as best you can."
The LDS Church holds a lot of influence in Utah, but we hope people in the Mormon State take the LDS Democrats' advice and really think about this issue.