Friday, February 7, 2014

The Divine Institution of Marriage

By Brig Bagley

7 February 2014

The LDS Church again reiterates its position with traditional marriage.  Always using the "The Family: A Proclamation to the World," Church leaders emphasize the divine institution as solely a lawful union between a man and a woman.  

The article warns of what would happen, should same-sex marriages be made legal, noting mainly the destruction of families in general:

1. Children would not have the unique and necessary upbringing that comes from a mother's and father's very different attributes that shape a healthy environment and ensure proper gender identity with the child.  

2. Religious freedom would be diminished by punishing individuals and groups that refuse serving same-sex couples, such as photographers, church facilities, and adoption agencies.  Tax-exempt status would be revoked, or businesses would be forces to shut down for their religious beliefs.  

3. Schools would include curriculum that teaches same-sex marriages as equal to traditional marriages without requiring consent from parents.  This even includes teaching premarital consensual sex as morally neutral.  

The article finally reminds readers that kindness towards LGBT people is expected, even if political, lifestyle, and belief differences exist.  People should not, however, let tolerance prevent them from politically involving themselves to defend their beliefs.  

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