Latter-day Saints: Proposition 8 support based on traditional view of marriage

GEORGE FREY REUTERS Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather around the Mormon Salt Lake Temple … Continued

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Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather around the Mormon Salt Lake Temple at the 181st Annual General Conference of the church in Salt Lake City, Utah, in this April 3, 2011 file photo.

“On the contrary, our members supported Proposition 8 based on sincere beliefs in the value of traditional marriage for children, families, society, and our republican form of government. Only a demeaning view of religion and religious believers could dismiss our advocacy of Proposition 8 as ignorance, prejudice, or animus.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court last week, expressing support for California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

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  • edallan

    As Bishop Mitt Romney can attest from his family’s personal experience, historically marriage for LDS has been between one man and one woman … and another woman …. and another woman …. A non-trivial point never mentioned in LDS assertions as to “traditional” marriage.

    It is also my understanding that LDS theology allows for some marriages to be “sealed” or religiously solidified even if one of the spouses happens to be dead at the time. As far as I know, other faith traditions call for all spouses to be alive at the time of the marriage.

    I invite correction if I am wrong.

  • BC503

    For a person to be sealed to a deceased person, they must have been legally married while alive.

    It is true that the LDS church sanctioned multiple wives in the past. It is also worth noting that the Book of Mormon specifically states that the preferred marriage involves one man and one woman, and allows God to make exceptions at times when necessary. Of course, He gets to decide when that is.

  • Vanka

    I rarely hear or read as much self-contradictory, absurd bunk as I read and hear when Mormons and their leaders talk!

    “…our members supported Proposition 8 based on sincere beliefs in the value of traditional marriage for children, families, society, and our republican form of government.”

    Then we must wonder about the intellectual capacity of Mormons and their leaders, because legalizing same sex marriage does NOTHING to harm or detract from “traditional marriage”!

    And if Mormons consider traditional marriage “ordained of god” because of procreation, then we must wonder why Mormons who are infertile and/or beyond child-bearing years are allowed to have legitimate marriages? And we must also wonder why Mormons think that religion is a valid basis for civil law, especially when Mormon scriptures explicitly denounce such a thing.

    In an official “declaration of belief regarding governments and laws in general”, dated 17 August 1835, Mormon Prophet and founder, Joseph Smith, and his Apostles established this “Doctrine”: “That our belief with regard to earthly governments and laws in general may not be misinterpreted nor misunderstood…” In that canonized scripture, it states:

    “We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied.” (D&C 134:9)

    And yet the Mormon Church has a long history of mingling its religious influence (and money) with civil government to foster their own Church and its strange beliefs onto others!

    But we saw this with Mitt Romney, whose Daddy’s cousin was in the First Presidency of the LDS Church: these people will “lie for the Lord” in astounding ways!

    So, despite what is published by the expensive Public Relations Firm the Mormon Church hired, their advocacy of Proposition 8 is NOTHING BUT ignorance, prejudice, and malicious animus!