The newsroom section of www.lds.org has issued an article about political neutrality. I recommend reading the entire statement, which goes into more depth than the usual brief letter of political neutrality read over the pulpit each election season. I was particularly pleased to see this line:
The Church does not extend reprimands or ecclesiastical punishment to persons who choose not to support its views on these issues.
I was also struck by this sentence:
Issues on which The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has felt compelled to take a firm stand include civil rights, MX missile testing in Utah, same-gender marriages, pornography, gambling and Utah alcohol laws.
For each of these issues , I can think of specific statements or actions by the church — except for “civil rights.” But I am no history scholar. To what is this statement referring when it talks about taking a firm stand on civil rights? What am statement(s) am I overlooking?