Since this bloggie is a record of our lives, I think it important to note a few world events going on. As of late, Traditional vs Gay Marriage has been in the courts. Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court decided to NOT hear same-sex marriage appeals from Utah and four other states, which means that the ruling of the lower federal court stands (gay marriage is okay in Utah). This is a big deal. I’m sure it’s not the end and perhaps it will come to a constitutional amendment of sorts. Sigh…
The church’s statement:
How do I feel about this? Well… the legal mumbo-jumbo confuses me slightly as I read news article, messages from Dallin H. Oaks, church statements. But this I know… that government cannot define marriage… only God can do that. There will be great consequences for our society as marriage and families deteriorate. I BELIEVE IN FAMILIES!
“Marriage is far more than a contract between individuals to ratify their affections and provide for mutual obligations. Rather, marriage is a vital institution for rearing children and teaching them to become responsible adults. Throughout the ages, governments of all types have recognized marriage as essential in preserving social stability and perpetuating life. Regardless of whether marriages were performed as a religious rite or a civil ceremony, in almost every culture marriage has been protected and endorsed by governments primarily to preserve and foster the institution most central to rearing children and teaching them the moral values that undergird civilization.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that God has established clear standards of morality for His children, who are accountable before Him for their behavior. Such standards cannot be changed by the reasoning, emotions, personal interests, or opinions of mortal beings. Without the higher authority of God, as revealed in scripture and by His prophets, secular society will flounder and drift.” The Divine Institution of Marriage