Gay activists allege the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) was behind passage of Proposition 8 from the start and illegally concealed that involvement to the public and California officials.

Californians Against Hate founder Fred Karger says he has filed a supplemental complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission urging it to investigate Mormon involvement in the passage of Proposition 8 – the narrowly passed ballot initiative that yanked back the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry in California.

Karger alleges the Mormon Church is the mastermind puppeteer behind the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the Maggie Gallagher-led group responsible for placing Proposition 8 on the ballot.

“[T]he Mormon Church established the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) as its California front group in the summer of 2007 for the sole purpose of qualifying and passing Proposition 8 in 2008,” the 9-page complaint reads.

In making his case, Karger says the Mormon's modeled NOM after a similar campaign waged in Hawaii ten years earlier. In Hawaii, a state Supreme Court ruling that sided with gay marriage advocates was quickly trumped when opponents added a state constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a heterosexual union. Leading the charge for the amendment was the Mormon-funded Hawaii's Future Today.

NOM has since expanded into seven more states where gay marriage is currently being debated, including the four New England states of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Karger's complaint methodically reveals connections between Mormon leaders, who say they only spent $190,000 in support of Prop. 8, NOM and the Yes-On-8 campaign. Including Mormon leaders Matthew S. Holland and Robby George serving on the NOM board of directors.

The charges have far-reaching implications. Karger's original complain was based on allegations of financial underreporting. He asserted the church failed to report massive non-monetary contributions to the Yes-On-8 campaign. Among the violations cited were the costs of get-out-the-vote phone banks in Utah and Idaho, various mailings to voters, transportation services, marketing materials – professionally produced commercials hosted on websites available to the public included – and at least two satellite broadcasts over five western states.

But the supplemental complaint goes far beyond that original assertion. It clearly states that the Mormon Church was at the epicenter of the effort to re-ban gay marriage in California and illegally camouflaged that involvement to officials.

“If the Mormon Church did finance NOM with the intent to deceive,” Karger told On Top Magazine, “then that would be a criminal – not civil – offense.”

Karger and his group have set up a website at dedicated to the issue.