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Principled in stance against gay marriage

Posted: August 2, 2008 9:30 p.m.
Updated: October 4, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 

I am responding to Malcolm Blue's letter to the editor on July 9, "Mormons' opposition to gay marriage is hypocritical."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, have always believed in the importance of marriage and family. We believe, as quoted from the Proclamation of the Family: "The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.

"Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.

"By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.

"Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners."

The FLDS polygamists were unable to follow these beliefs and are not a part of the Mormon church.

If the allegations of sexual abuse and pedophilia are proved true for this group, the Mormon church would condemn their behavior, just as anyone else, for they live opposite the teachings we follow as stated before.

It appears Malcolm thinks polygamy is wrong for the same reasons others believe gay marriage is wrong.

If you open marriage up to same-sex couples, then it needs to be open to incestuous relationships, polygamy, pedophilia, unions with animals or objects, and whatever else you can think of, since the whole idea and definition of marriage will change.

As for divorce that Malcolm mentions, in the Mormon church we believe in eternal marriage and family without a temporal timeline of "till death do you part."

We are given council on how to be happily wed and are in it forever. Thus, those who are married in and attend the temple regularly have a divorce rate far below the national and world average.

We take marriage seriously, since the well-being of our children and society rests upon our staying true to the Lord's teachings.

We will stand behind our desire to keep families strong and will not give into the bullying, name-calling and lies thrown at us by people like Malcolm who try to railroad his agenda over what we hold sacred and good.

We are the silent majority who feel we have remained quiet too long. To remain silent would be hypocritical.

To further clarify our beliefs, please visit www.Mormon.org or www.lds.org.

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