LDS Church leaders issue letter to be read to members following ruling on same-sex marriage

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - After the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came out with a letter reiterating its stance opposing same-sex marriage. Some leaders read the letter to members during church services Sunday.

Many LDS Church members said they support the church’s stance on gay marriage, and they said the prepared letter helped them better understand how to move forward after the Supreme Court's decision.

“It states that we believe marriage is between a man and a woman, and that it’s a sacred union,” said LDS Church member Curt Clapier.

After supporting anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBT individuals for fair treatment in housing, employment and medical care, the letter reminds members that gay marriages of any kind will not be officiated in LDS Church meetinghouses or on LDS property. That includes, “receptions, ceremonies or any other activities associated with same-sex marriage,” according to the letter.

“I think it’s important to have solidarity within any organization, so the fact that the church is consistent in its belief and stance is important," said Bryce Car, another member of the LDS Church.

The letter reads in part: “Marriage between a man and a woman was instituted by God and is central to His plan for His children and for the well‐being of society." And, "changes in the civil law do not change the moral law that God has established." And, “homosexual behavior violates the commandments of God, is contrary to the purposes of human sexuality, and deprives people of the blessings that can be found in family life and in the saving ordinances of the gospel."

“We wouldn’t let anyone do anything that we would consider contrary to God’s laws inside our church," Clapier said. "We wouldn’t let people throw an alcohol party, because we consider that contrary to God’s laws. We believe that pornography is contrary to God’s laws. We wouldn’t let someone show a pornographic movie in our buildings.”

Church leaders also maintain their members should show tolerance and respect toward those with different beliefs but, to do so without condoning behavior that is contrary to LDS Church teachings.

“We still hold the stance that marriage is between a man and a woman, but that everyone should have the same rights. And so, I loved that they pointed that out," said LDS Church member Susannah Scheuermann.

The LDS Church recently made a donation to the Utah Pride Center to help LGBT homeless youth. In a grant letter, the LDS Church wrote: “We are grateful to be able to serve your efforts in this worthy project and appreciate the work that you and others are doing related to this initiative.”

FOX 13 News' attempts to reach out to Equality Utah and the Utah Pride Center for comment on this issue were unsuccessful. To read the full letter from the LDS Church regarding same-sex marriage, click here. 

13 comments

    • Finny Wiggen

      I find your comments to be both interesting and informative.
      You assume that the members of the Church are sheep, who blindly follow. Which of course allows you to discount the letter without further consideration. Effective in terms of eliminating your need to thoughtfully consider the contents of the letter, but these contents remain unaffected by your disregard.
      You can discount this, and convince yourself that you are more intelligent than the “sheep” who thoughtfully read and considered what was stated.
      But, then ask yourself, who is the sheep? Those who read and consider, or those who dismiss and put themselves on a pedestal?

    • ANOTHERBOB

      Yes, BAAA – Jesus said “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine”. Each of chose the Master we will follow.

  • dot

    I find it significant that the letter never says ONE man and ONE woman, but A man and A woman. This leaves an opening for polygamy, which the LDS church practiced even though it was neither legal nor lawful, and which it has never fully denounced.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      Is your comment some reference to Father Abraham, his wifes, and concubines?
      I’m sure you realize that polygamists are excommunicated from the LDS Church.

    • elkih

      That was about 130 years ago.Get over it. At the time it was practised it was legal even if it was disliked by the general public. When it was made illegal, the church banned the practice. NO ONE in the LDS church practices it today.
      One of the big issues of the time was that people were joining this new church and the pastors, ministers, etc were losing the money they made from their congregations. This fueled the majority of dislike as these “men of God” incited the populace to exterminate the Mormons. Do you know that it was “legal” to kill you if you were a Mormon in the great state of Missouri until 1976? Or steal your farms, homes,etc without just compensation. Or that it took until just a few short years ago for the state of Illinois to finally apoligize for the depredations, persecutions and the deaths that occured there? Or that Joseph Smith went to Washington, met with President Martin Van Buren, to beg for help in ceasing the persecutions and upholding his peoples rights as American citizens. What do you thik he was told? “Your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you. If I do anything, I shall come in contact with the whole State of Missouri.” Where is the “denouncement” of the actions of our State and Federal governments politically expedient actions or inaction as the case may be?

      • bob

        Sort of. It had been illegal for a long time, but Mormons were challenging the law in the courts. The day after the Supreme Court upheld the Federal law prohibiting polygamy the Church banned the practice.

        However, the Church only banned performing NEW polygamous marriages. It turned a blind eye to existing marriages. Indeed, what could it have done otherwise?

        In the end, marriage belongs to society. Polygamous or otherwise. Government has no say in it, despite last week’s childish “ruling.” Government can only control the legal, contractual aspects of marriage.

      • Pedro

        Strange how everyone has a different “factual” understanding of history, depending on which side of the fence you are on. I’m sure there is some historical basis for what you are saying, but you should also consider the viewpoints of others. Do some research on the negative aspects of Mormonism in the 1800’s (Kirtland Bank, Polygamy, Mormon Mountain Massacre…etc the list goes on and on). Indoctrination can be blinding!

      • ANOTHERBOB

        PEDRO – Any particular reason why you omitted the Haun’s Mill massacre from your list, or do you suffer from a selective memory?

      • Pedro

        Anotherbob- Apparently you missed the point of my comment. I’m sure there were many tragedies and injustices perpetrated against Mormons in the 1800’s. My point is Mormons and Mormon haters only look at history through the lens that most supports their already founded position, completely ignoring all other viewpoints and facts. You proved my point…INDOCTRINATION CAN BE BLINDING!

  • elkih

    pedro. If a group of people was persecuted to the point of being driven from the country that was supposed to uphold their rights. and a group of travelers who claimed to be some of the same persecutors came through and stated that they were going to CA, raise up an army and come back to wipe you out, what would you do? That is a part of the Mountain Meadows Massacre (not Mormon Mountain Massacre) story that is almost always omitted.
    Please, if your going to spout history and research get the names right.
    Yes, mistakes were made by the Mormon folk, but usually in response to very real threats.

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