LDS Church Issues Response to California Supreme Court Decision on Proposition 8//

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SALT LAKE CITY 26 May 2009 Today’s decision by the California Supreme Court is welcome. The issue the court decided was whether California citizens validly exercised their right to amend their own constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. The court has overwhelmingly affirmed their action.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognizes the deeply held feelings on both sides, but strongly affirms its belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.  The bedrock institution of marriage between a man and a woman has profound implications for our society. These implications range from what our children are taught in schools to individual and collective freedom of religious expression and practice.

Accordingly, the Church stands firmly for what it believes is right for the health and well-being of society as a whole. In doing so, it once again affirms that all of us are children of God, and all deserve to be treated with respect. The Church believes that serious discussion of these issues is not helped when extreme elements on both sides of the debate demonize the other.

I am proud and very grateful to be a member of this Church, where our leaders remind and encourage us to all love and respect each other, and treat each other with kindness, despite our differing opinions.

Source: newsroom.lds.org


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2 thoughts on “LDS Church Issues Response to California Supreme Court Decision on Proposition 8//

  1. I love, love, love how the Church has been handling this. Each response is so classy and compassionate – just as Christ would be. It’s so vital to remember that we all have the agency to choose for ourselves. I respect that many of my friends and peers stand staunchly on the other side of this issue, and that’s okay. It’s their choice, and just because we don’t see eye to eye doesn’t make either of us bad people. It’s a shame when we lose touch with that universal fact of humanity and devolve into simplistic name-calling and blind intolerance.

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