The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has recently taken a public stance on the issue, and they support Proposition 8. As members of the Church we believe “that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God” and that it is the only acceptable definition of “marriage.” There are LDS who disagree with the proposition, and their websites are accessible. Frankly, I don’t know how they can answer in the negative to the temple recommend question that asks about affiliating with groups whose teachings are contrary to those of the Church.
I disagree with the homosexual agenda, but I still respect the free agency of all of Heavenly Father’s children. By supporting Proposition 8 I am not limiting the rights of gays and lesbians to enjoy all the legal advantages of being a family. This is purely about the definition of “marriage.”
Some who disagree with my position sarcastically ask, “Can I vote on your marriage now?” I welcome any such vote. My marriage is understood by all nations and cultures throughout all of time to be a normal and acceptable union. There is no such thing as voting on “gay marriage” since the two words combined are by nature an oxymoron.
Some will say that allowing gay marriage will not affect our normal marriages or our lives. Here is why I disagree:
- Unless Proposition 8 passes, California society will soon undergo a profound change in its basic understanding of marriage and family life that will affect everyone in numerous ways. Over time, greater acceptance of nontraditional marriage will be demanded of all people. This could impact the ability of any religion to teach and practice its beliefs.
- Failure to pass Proposition 8 will hurt children. If same-sex marriage remains legal, public schools will put it on equal footing with traditional marriage. Children will likely receive “age appropriate” information about sexual relations within heterosexual and homosexual marriages.
- Failure to pass Proposition 8 will hurt churches.The court’s decision will inevitably lead to conflicts with religious liberty and free speech rights. Society will become more and more hostile to traditional beliefs about marriage and family.
Here is a wonderful quote by Elder M. Russell Ballard:
Let me say again that the family is the main target of evil’s attack and must herefore be the main point of our protection and defense. As I said once before, when you stop and think about it from a diabolically tactical point of view, fighting the family makes sense to Satan. When he wants to disrupt the work of the Lord, he doesn’t poison the world’s peanut butter supply, thus bringing the Church’s missionary system to its collective knees. He doesn’t send a plague of laryngitis to afflict the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He doesn’t legislate against green Jell-O and casseroles. When evil wants to strike out and disrupt the essence of God’s work, it attacks the family. It does so by attempting to disregard the law of chastity, to confuse gender, to desensitize violence, to make crude and blasphemous language the norm, and to make immoral and deviant behavior seem like the rule rather than the exception.
I also like this quote by A. Dean Byrd, Ph.D.:
Like murder, adultery, or stealing or any other sinful behavior, the act itself is wrong; it does not matter if the person has a biological predisposition toward violence, promiscuity, or thievery. Also, childhood environments or societies where such activities are commonplace do not change or redeem these forms of moral misconduct. The Church believes that these practices, regardless of the circumstances of the actor, are sins in the eyes of God.
This policy of “hate the sin; love the sinner” is challenged by a population of people who have declared that their sexual preference is as natural to them as their brown hair, blue eyes, or short toes. In a way that is uncommon among other individuals who choose not to abide by Church teachings, those who commit homosexual acts have banded together in colleges, lobbies, and neighborhoods to gain support on various campuses, in legislatures, and in communities. As a result of a political agenda, some people across America and the world have accepted the homosexual lifestyle. In stark contrast, the Church rejects all homosexual behavior in spite of political movements that advocate total acceptance.
And finally, in this video Elder Bednar makes some excellent points as he addresses some of the questions and concerns that people have about this issue.
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