Here is the official Church position on gay marriage. Is this anti-gay? Does it call for denying God-given and inalienable rights to gay people? Just exactly what right is being denied here? How is it that so many centuries have gone by without anyone noticing that these "rights" were being denied? If the denial of these rights is unconstitutional today, why hasn't it been unconstitutional since the Constitution was ratified in 1789? Has the Constitution changed so that what was constitutional once is now unconstitutional? What changed?
Perhaps most important, what is untrue or unloving about what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says in this official statement on gay marriage? I don't see any evidence of bigotry, prejudice or lack of charity in it. On the contrary, it seems to want what is best for the long-term happiness of everyone, especially gay people.
Here is the official Church statement taken directly from the Church website:
First Presidency Statement on Same-Gender Marriage
19 October 2004SALT LAKE CITY — The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statement:
"We of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reach out with understanding and respect for individuals who are attracted to those of the same gender. We realize there may be great loneliness in their lives but there must also be recognition of what is right before the Lord.
"As a doctrinal principle, based on sacred scripture, we affirm that marriage between a man and a woman is essential to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children. The powers of procreation are to be exercised only between a man and a woman lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
"Any other sexual relations, including those between persons of the same gender, undermine the divinely created institution of the family. The Church accordingly favors measures that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman and that do not confer legal status on any other sexual relationship."
I find it hard to understand how anyone including gay activists could find anything objectionable about this statement and position. Just what do they expect from a Church that considers the Bible and the Book of Mormon to be the sacred Word of God? Are gay people just anti-religion? Or perhaps merely anti-Christian? Or perhaps merely anti-Catholic, anti-Mormon and anti-Baptist? What? Inquiring minds want to know.