Friday, May 26, 2006

LDS to contact Senators on Marriage Amendment

It's not often that you can read a letter from the First Presidency of the LDS Church before hearing it in Sacrament Meeting, but here it is, as it is to be read on Sunday:

Letter from First Presidency of the Church to Church Leaders in the United States

We are informed that the United States Senate will on June 6, 2006, vote on an amendment to the Federal constitution designed to protect the traditional institution of marriage.

We, as the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, have repeatedly set forth our position that the marriage of a man and a woman is the only acceptable marriage relationship.

In 1995 we issued a Proclamation to the World on this matter, and have repeatedly reaffirmed that position.

In that proclamation we said: "We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society."

We urge our members to express themselves on this urgent matter to their elected representatives in the Senate.

It's amazing the things you can get from the Church's media section.

Here's the deal, though.

Marriage is sacred. Therefore, the government should stay the hell out.

Or, I should say get the hell, er, heck, out.



Anonymous said...

That's the Church's opinion, but it should not be government's place to dictate to those who have nothing to do with the Church.

Nothing man can do can take away from what my wife and I have. The Church is out of line.

Concerned Mormon said...

As a concerned mormon. I'm afraid that the evangical's might ask for a constitutional ammendment that won't recognize temple marriage?

Bob said...



It's a good point to think about.


Adam said...

Concerned Mormon's concern shouldn't be much of a concern. In Paraguay, for example, LDS ecclesiastical leaders cannot perform marriages like they can in the U.S. So instead, members get their civil marriage taken care of by a judge first, and then go to the temple to do their religious marriage.

Jeff said...

Adam, the point is the church should not involve itself with the government just as the government shouldn't involve themselves with the church. Marriage is both a legal and a religious institution. If the government oulawed temple marriage, those couples wouldn't suddenly be divorced, just not recognized by the government. They would be left without any legal protections including hospital visitation rights, (this admendment would outlaw that as well as it is an "incident" of marriage) which would be simply wrong. Just as it is simply wrong to deny any other group, wether you agree with them or not, equal legal protections.
Do you really want to start making certain groups "legal" and others "illegal". Where does it stop? Do you really think most of the fundamentalist groups that are promoting this are friends of the Mormon church? They think Mormon's are not Christians and our church is a cult. Just ask them. What makes you think we wouldn't be the next target?

Anonymous said...

so, you're saying the Church is out of line for expressing their opinion? Since when did they lose the right to speak out on issues they find important?

Being a member of the LDS faith myself and believing that the First Presidency have the authority to speak for God, I take their counsel on this (as on other issues, political or not) to be from God. Despite our own political leanings or philosophies, do we have the faith to believe (those of you who are LDS) that what we previously may have thought on this issue could be wrong and maybe this is what God wants?

Most of the founders of America believed that God had a major role in establishing America and why should God (and any church for that matter) not be involved?

ps I think our next target should be polygamists... oh wait, they already did that one and without an amendment none the less!