Five months ago, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent a letter to members of the church in California, encouraging Mormons to join the millions of other Californians from many religious denominations, ethnic groups and political persuasions in a broad coalition to defend marriage as it has been defined for millennia.

During the election campaign, both sides of the argument on Proposition 8 had ample opportunities to express their viewpoint. The result was conclusively in favor of traditional marriage. More than 40 states in the United States have now voted to protect traditional marriage, either directly or through their elected representatives.

Today the First Presidency issued as statement about the democratic process.

Read the statement at MormonTimes.com