Protect The Divine Institution of Marriage: Yes on CA Prop 8

You will notice in the right hand column of my blog is a “Yes on California Proposition 8” widget. My reasons for supporting this constitutional amendment are both religious and political in nature. From a political perspective, please see my blog post from March 2007 entitled Why I Oppose Gay Marriage: Politically. From a religious perspective, which encompasses the current, future and eternal happiness of men, women and children, I’m sure I could not articulate the position better than in the LDS Church’s official statement on The Divine Institution of Marriage. This is a lengthy document, though, and I would like to highlight some of the more salient parts:

“Marriage is not primarily a contract between individuals to ratify their affections and provide for mutual obligations. Rather, marriage and family are vital instruments for rearing children and teaching them to become responsible adults.”

“Strong families serve as the fundamental institution for transmitting to future generations the moral strengths, traditions, and values that sustain civilization.”

“A husband and a wife do not receive these benefits to elevate them above any other two people…Married couples in almost every culture have been granted special benefits aimed primarily at sustaining their relationship and promoting the environment in which children are reared.”

“Extensive studies have shown that in general a husband and wife united in a loving, committed marriage provide the optimal environment for children to be protected, nurtured, and raised.”

“The complementarity of male and female parenting styles is striking and of enormous importance to a child’s overall development.”

“Gender differences increasingly are dismissed as trivial, irrelevant, or transient, thus undermining God’s purpose in creating both men and women.”

If Proposition 8 is passed, “The institution of marriage will be weakened, resulting in negative consequences for both adults and children. ”

The Church wishes to sustain and defend “the crucial role that traditional marriage has played and must continue to play in American society if children and families are to be protected and moral values propagated.”

“Because this question strikes at the very heart of the family, because it is one of the great moral issues of our time, and because it has the potential for great impact upon the family, the Church is speaking out on this issue, and asking members to get involved.”

“Tolerance as a gospel principle means love and forgiveness of one another, not ‘tolerating’ transgression.”

“Jesus taught that we love and care for one another without condoning transgression.”

“Jesus loved the sinner even while decrying the sin, as evidenced in the case of the woman taken in adultery: treating her kindly, but exhorting her to ‘sin no more.'”

“We can express genuine love and friendship for the homosexual family member or friend without accepting the practice of homosexuality or any re-definition of marriage.”

“Certain states already are challenging the long-held right of religious adoption agencies to follow their religious beliefs and only place children in homes with both a mother and a father. As a result, Catholic Charities in Boston has stopped offering adoption services.”

“Accrediting organizations in some instances are asserting pressure on religious schools and universities to provide married housing for same-sex couples.”

“If same-sex marriage becomes a recognized civil right, there will be substantial conflicts with religious freedom. And in some important areas, religious freedom may be diminished.”

“The experience of the few European countries that already have legalized same-sex marriage suggests that any dilution of the traditional definition of marriage will further erode the already weakened stability of marriages and family generally.”

“Marriage is fundamentally an unselfish act: legally protected because only a male and female together can create new life, and because the rearing of children requires a life-long commitment, which marriage is intended to provide.”

“Societal recognition of same-sex marriage cannot be justified simply on the grounds that it provides self-fulfillment to its partners, for it is not the purpose of government to provide legal protection to every possible way in which individuals may pursue fulfillment.”

“When the state says that same-sex unions are equivalent to heterosexual marriages, the curriculum of public schools will have to support this claim…These developments will create serious clashes between the agenda of the secular school system and the right of parents to teach their children traditional standards of morality.”

“The walls of a home provide a defense against detrimental social influences and the
sometimes overreaching powers of government…The consequences of crossing this line are many and unpredictable, but likely would include an increase in the power and reach of the state toward whatever ends it seeks to pursue.”

“We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.” from The Family:A Proclamation to the World

2 replies
  1. Tony Taylor
    Tony Taylor says:

    Because your post is based on religious principles, I think it’s worth adding that continuing revelation is one of the fundamental principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I’m surprised that there seems to be a large number of people who consider themselves “strong” members of the LDS Church and yet somehow feel they are obligated to oppose the counsel of the properly sustained leaders of the Church.

    I have seem some people try to make the case that the Church hasn’t actually told people that there is a right side of this debate but I think the guidance from Church leaders couldn’t be more clear. I can only conclude that these people are either being intentionally naive or that they have made the decision that their wisdom is superior to that of God’s chosen Prophet. History has shown the danger of such thinking.

  2. ms. lee of the lemon drops
    ms. lee of the lemon drops says:

    Defining marriage as between one man and one woman is not taking away anyone’s rights. The definition simply distinguishes a union that is biologically capable of producing its own children. Whether a married couple has children or not, I feel like this deserves a separate name–even the potential is kind of a miracle.

    Actually this definition can be seen as the ultimate expression of equality our society has to offer: it takes one man and one woman. One could see a lesbian union as a marginalization of men, or a homosexual union as a marginalization of women.

    Equality is especially important when it comes to raising children. Children deserve/need a father and a mother. Neither parent should be marginalized.

    Yes, many children are already growing up in single-parent homes. Prop 8 should be a reminder to everyone that as a society we need to assist and strengthen families as much as possible. Really, as a society we should be most concerned with the success and health of our families.

    peace out


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