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Joseph “Robb” & Robin Wirthlin


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Joseph “Robb” and Robin Wirthlin first emerged in Lexington, MA, soon after David Parker was arrested for refusing to leave school property when administrators held their ground over a “diversity book bag” dispute.

Joseph and Robin Wirthlin joined the Parkers’ suit against the school and issued their own complaint about a book used in their son’s classroom. The Wirthlins were featured in a political ad for the Prop. 8 campaign in California in 2008, an ad that NOM and its allies recycled in Maine’s Question 1 battle in 2009. NOM contributed more than $1.8 million to Prop. 8 and sat on the campaign’s coordinating committee.  In Maine, NOM was the largest single contributor to Question 1.

After the Prop. 8 campaign in 2008, the “Yes on 8” campaign reported reimbursing Joseph and Robin Wirthlin $768 for travel, lodging and meals.

Joseph and Robin Wirthlin never purchased a home in Lexington and now have homes in Ohio and Arizona.

Robb Wirthlin’s grandfather, Joseph B. Wirthlin, was an LDS apostle. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, he held “one of the top leadership positions in the [Mormon Church]. To the Mormon faithful, the leadership apostles and three members of the governing First Presidency are ‘prophets, seers and revelators.’”

In addition to his grandfather, Wirthlin’s great-grandfather was presiding bishop of the church. His great-aunt was a member of the Primary General Board of the church for 16 years, and his great-uncle, Elder Richard B. Wirthlin, was a member of the Seventy, who “are called to proclaim the gospel and build up the [Mormon] Church” under the direction of the Twelve Apostles. (lds.org) In addition, Elder Wirthlin had a role in two church meetings, one in 1995 and one in 1997. (mormongate.com)