Probably as a shot across the bow of Hawaii’s latest attempt to legalize marriage equality [aka “same-sex marriage”], the church put out its pit bulls decrying such legalization, in spite of the 12th Article of Faith that specifies, “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.”
The Salt Lake Tribune reports a nice headline-making synopsis of this general conference [“Leaders say Mormons cannot condone same-sex marriage“] and provided this snippet with some details —
On the second and final day of the LDS Church’s 183rd Semiannual General Conference, apostle Dallin H. Oaks bemoaned America’s dropping birthrates, later marriages and rising incidence of cohabitation as evidence of “political and social pressures for legal and policy changes to establish behaviors contrary to God’s decrees about sexual morality and the eternal nature and purposes of marriage and child-bearing.”
These pressures “have already permitted same-gender marriages in various states and nations,” Oaks told 20,000 Mormons gathered in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City and millions more watching worldwide via telecasts and the Internet. “Other pressures would confuse gender or homogenize those differences between men and women that are essential to accomplish God’s great plan of happiness.”
An LDS eternal perspective does not allow Mormons “to condone such behaviors or to find justification in the laws that permit them,” said the apostle, a former Utah Supreme Court justice. “And, unlike other organizations that can change their policies and even their doctrines, our policies are determined by the truths God has declared to be unchangeable.”
The LDS stance against same-sex marriage might be misunderstood, elicit “accusations of bigotry” or trigger “invasions of our free exercise of religion,” he said. But “we should remember our first priority — to serve God — and, like our pioneer predecessors, push our personal handcarts forward with the same fortitude they exhibited.”
Apostle Russell M. Nelson, a former surgeon, echoed Oaks’ sentiments about same-sex marriage.
“Marriage between a man and a woman is fundamental to the Lord’s doctrine and crucial to God’s eternal plan,” Nelson said. “Marriage between a man and a woman is God’s pattern for a fullness of life on Earth and in heaven. God’s marriage pattern cannot be abused, misunderstood or misconstrued.”
Other than Elder Uchtdorf’s “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your testimony” talk on Saturday, I think this is pretty much all most people will remember — especially as it flies in the face of the glimmer of hope generated by the Mormons and Gays website the church launched earlier this year.