As the U.S. Supreme Court announced their long-awaited rulings on both the legality of California’s “Prop 8″ and the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA], the LDS church was crafting its somewhat spiteful press release stating their displeasure (I would give my eye-teeth to see the one they would have released has their well-oiled Prop 8 support debacle been upheld).
When the Court announced that it had overturned key provisions of the DOMA and let the lower courts’ rulings stand on Prop 8, thereby clearing the way for marriage equality in many states (Utah being an exception), this was released:
NEWS RELEASE — 26 JUNE 2013Church Responds toSupreme Court Marriage Rulings
SALT LAKE CITY —
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today regarding the decisions announced by the United States Supreme Court on cases involving marriage:
“By ruling that supporters of Proposition 8 lacked standing to bring this case to court, the Supreme Court has highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates. Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their government will not defend or protect a popular vote that reflects the views of a majority of their citizens.
“In addition, the effect of the ruling is to raise further complex jurisdictional issues that will need to be resolved.
“Regardless of the court decision, the Church remains irrevocably committed to strengthening traditional marriage between a man and a woman, which for thousands of years has proven to be the best environment for nurturing children. Notably, the court decision does not change the definition of marriage in nearly three-fourths of the states.”
I want to call out this particular statement, which speaks volumes about the church in the light of their own history of being a victim of “tyranny by majority”:
Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their government will not defend or protect a popular vote that reflects the views of a majority of their citizens.
Really? Do they think the world and their own members are that short-sighted? Or that stupid?
I think they’re counting on it.