LDS Church leader discusses legal battle over same-sex marriage during semi-annual conference

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SALT LAKE CITY -- There was a new message about same-sex marriage from the 184th semi-annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A member of the LDS Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Dallin H. Oaks, spoke--acknowledging they may lose the legal fight surrounding same-sex marriage and that they have to think about how to behave if that happens.

“Like the savior, his followers are sometimes confronted by sinful behavior,” he said during his remarks. “And today, when they hold out for right and wrong as they understand it, they are sometimes called bigots and fanatics.”

Oaks specifically mentioned same-sex marriage.

“Prominent among these today is the strong tide that is legalizing same-sex marriage in many states, provinces in the United States and Canada and in many countries around the world,” he said.

Oaks' message: Mormons should still be against same-sex marriage, but they might lose the legal battle.

“When our positions do not prevail, we should accept unfavorable results graciously, and practice civility with our adversaries,” he said.

41 comments

    • Bob

      Sounds like they may start accepting people for who they are! Sad it took this long… I cannot wait for the other Bob to chime in with comments on nature, and STDs… Dear other Bob, homosexuality is seen in nature and straight people get stds as much as g a ys…

      • Bob

        “Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
        As to be hated needs but to be seen;
        Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
        We first endure, then pity, then embrace.” – Alexander Pope

      • Bob

        Religion is a vice… Simple people need it because they cannot think for themselves… They cannot decide their own morals, rather they want to blindly follow someone else’s…

  • Forest from the trees

    There goes Bob again. The LDS are just a bunch of haters, blah, blah, blah. Some things will never change in this life. Death, taxes, and the idiocy of Bob.

    • Bob

      How are they not haters? They openly hate homosexuality, they hate allowing adults to buy alcohol beverages, they hate medical marijuana, they hate caffeine, etc….

      • Kim

        The fact that your generalizing an entire group of people is grossly unfair. The lds faith preaches to live everyone more than they make suggestions against harmful behaviour(alcohol is unhealthy and caffiene can be addictive). Your mistaking the fanatics within the religion for the whole Mormon community, in which case I wonder if you think all Muslims are terrorists and have the same values as ISIS. Of you wanna be in the right in this argument you should probably refrain from generalizing.

      • Jen

        I’m sure your parents raised you with certain values, certain do’s and don’ts. That does not mean your parents hated you does it? We do the same thing. Our leaders advise us against things they believe that will impede our spiritual progress, that does not mean they hate anyone. If that was the case we would not have missionaries, we would not want people who ever did such things among us. However we believe that everything, both right and wrong, is a learning experience and God LOVES us throughout our lives even when we might reject him. I’m not sure I know of parents (LDS or not) that would tell their kids, “go do pot, go drink, go do dangerous things” You really should listen to some general conference talks or talk to some members. Especially this talk! It’s only 15 minutes! Dallin H. Oaks is amazing!

      • Jen

        In my opinion religions are based off of values. Values that the world DOES need. Things like: Kindness, service, humility, honesty, etc. You really don’t need a religion to know that these things are good while things like: Hate, anger, pride, lies, etc. are bad. You also don’t need a religion to think you’re right. For example, you think you’re right and religions are wrong. It’s a human thing. We all want to be right, we all think we’re more right than everyone else even when we agree with another person.

  • Forest from the trees

    Now there’s an intelligent comment. Well done, breedemyoung, well done. Being that it is His church, yeah, he pretty much expects people to accept and live by his precepts and teachings

  • Ned

    The internet is rife with misunderstandings and generalizations. Maybe people should constrain themselves to having these such conversations in person, in context.

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