The U.S. Supreme Court will hold 2 days of arguments this week about Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. This event once again puts gay marriage in the spotlight.
I’m not going to spend any time discussing the constitutionality of this proposition and act, nor will I speculate what the Supreme Court will eventually rule in June. But since this is back in the spotlight, I figured I would take a moment to discuss the Mormon Church’s views on homosexuality and gay marriage. Please note that my comments do not necessarily represent the views of the Mormon Church.
I know that this is an emotionally charged issue with strong opinions on either side. My goal in this post is not to start any arguments but rather to present the facts about Mormon belief. If you have any questions, please let me know or leave a note in the comments below.
What is the Church’s Belief on Marriage?
The Church’s view on marriage is best stated in The Family: A Proclamation to the World:
“We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”
And later in the same document, it states:
“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.”
What is the Church’s Belief on Homosexuality?
Because of Mormons’ belief about the family and traditional marriage, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Church does not agree with or condone homosexuality. Again, from the Church’s proclamation:
“All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”(emphasis added)
That being said, the Church has begun to recognize the complexity and sensitivity of this issue. Let’s be clear, Mormons are not denying that homosexuality is real, because it is. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have real and legitimate feelings for those of the same sex. But that doesn’t change the Church’s belief that acting on homosexuality is wrong. The Church recently launched a new website to address this topic: MormonsAndGays.com.
In summary, Mormons believe:
- The family is ordained of God
- Marriage should be between a man and a woman
- Homosexuality is contrary to God’s eternal plan for His children
Want to learn more? I would encourage you to read the entire proclamation released by the Church in 1995 which explains many beliefs about family and marriage. Read it here.
As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear arguments this week, I hope this post helped explain Mormons’ belief about gay marriage and this heated issue in our country.