SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Wednesday night when Ann Romney walked out onto the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, apparently some people were more concerned about her hemline than what she had to say.
Looking at photos from Ann’s appearance on the show, Mormon blog sites blew up accusing Ann of not wearing her temple garments
, something all LDS people are expected to do who've been through the temple.
One writer on lds.net commented - "The first thing I noticed was there was no way she was wearing garments." Others said "In this picture, it's clear she's not, or that she's pushed up the sleeves." And – "Is it possible Ann is tall enough that they would not have shown when she sat down?"
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doesn't like to talk about garments, they consider them sacred. But for people who wear temple garments it's common knowledge that the bottom part is supposed to come down to about the knee.
Ann's skirt was questionably close, and many web writers came to her defense. On jezebel.com one person commented "I'm a Mormon, I wear temple garments, and I'm having a hard time seeing why it would be assumed that Ann isn't wearing them." Another wrote "She's probably wearing garments. Garments tend to ride up a little bit. The skirt probably just barely covers her garments."
ABC 4’s Brian Carlson went to Temple Square to see what LDS people in Utah thought.
"Do you think Ann is wearing her garments?” Carlson asked.
“Yah," said Pamela Baumeister, endowed LDS Church member.
"I think so," said Andrew Barrus, newly endowed LDS Church member.
"It's possible. I can't tell from here," said Rob Barrus, endowed LDS Church member.
"It's an inappropriate question," said Pam Hunsaker, endowed LDS Church member.
"Do you think it's weird question we're asking?” Carlson asked.
“I think it's a weird question,” said Jared Johnsen, endowed LDS Church member.
Many people Carlson talked to said, whether she is or isn't, it's something between Ann and God.
"I think it's her personal opinion," said Johnsen.
"It's part of the covenants that we make," said Carl Baumeister, endowed LDS Church member.
"And if you decide to do it or not to do it, it's nobody else's business," said Pamela Baumeister.
Regardless of what Ann Romney was wearing, it didn't damper her appearance on the show.