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’Not In Our House!’:: Mormon Church Outlines Opposition To Gay Marriage

Saturday Jan 11, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church is telling its local leaders that same-sex wedding ceremonies and receptions are prohibited in their churches.

In a statement issued Friday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reiterated its belief that homosexuality is not condoned by God.

Church leaders say civil law or trends in society cannot change the "moral law that God has established."

The LDS church's statement comes on a day when the Obama administration extended federal recognition to the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah that took place before the Supreme Court put those unions in the state on hold.

Church leaders support the state's appeal of the Dec. 20 ruling from the federal judge that struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriages.

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  • Bob K, 2014-01-12 02:18:48

    THIS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN IT LOOKS AT FIRST: One can read it as "Don’t let those Gays hire our halls or use our people to get married" (which is not happening anyhow), BUT IT REALLY is the first admission by the church that some of its own members might want to have a same sex marriage and ask their local stake to perform it.

  • lb43082, 2014-01-12 07:51:35

    So called ’churches’ should all loose their tax exemption... they all want to meddle in peoples lives, politics, preach politics from their pulpits, and on and on and on... in actuality they are nothing but glorified money-making machines... hypocrites / white washed sepulchers... trying to cast out the things they don’t agree with in other’s lives before they even consider the huge splinters in their own eyes... just sayin’

  • MNrainbow, 2014-01-12 15:02:08

    Yeah, Mormons, you can have ten wives... But not one if you are a woman? Because god condones adultery, but not true love? Makes sense!

  • , 2014-01-12 17:36:57

    This comes as no surprise, especially when you know that this particular latter day saint denomination believes that marriage is forever and that those married in their temples become gods and goddesses who will eventually populate their own worlds. On the other hand, there is another Latter Day Saint denomination (the Community of Christ, with 250,000 members in 50 countries) that restructured their organization a few years ago allowing their churches in individual nations to ordain LGBTs and perform ceremonies, if the church members in those countries wanted to do so. So far, what they call national conferences have been held in several countries, including the US, Canada, and Australia, all of whom voted for ordination and commitment ceremonies/wedding ceremonies for LGBT in their houses of worship.

  • Wayne M., 2014-01-14 20:26:42

    Fine! If the Mormon church does not believe in marriage equality, they need not marry same sex couples. However, that does not give them the right to deny the right of churches supporting marriage equality to act in accord with their teachings or of loving same sex couples to get married either by a supportive church or in a civil ceremony.

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