LDS Church Taking Position On California Marriage Amendment

Update: When I started writing this, -L- had not yet posted his thoughts and question on the same topic. Somehow, the lad snuck in his post before I got mine up.

It’s fairly old news now, but last month the California Supreme Court ruled that a state marriage ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The ruling overturned both a 1977 state law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman and Proposition 22, a ballot measure affirming the law that was approved by 61 percent of California voters in 2000. The Church responded to that ruling, stating:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognizes that same-sex marriage can be an emotional and divisive issue. However, the Church teaches that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is the basic unit of society. Yesterday?s California Supreme Court decision is unfortunate.

The LDS bloggernacle was abuzz about the ruling as well.

Since that time, and despite some public urging by Affirmation leaders to stay out of the California debate, Church leaders have officially endorsed a constitutional amendment to the California state constitution defining marriage only as a union between a man and a woman. This Sunday, June 29, 2008, a letter from the First Presidency will be read from California pulpits asking Latter-day Saints there to

“do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time to assure that marriage in California is legally defined as being between a man and a woman. Our best efforts are required to preserve the sacred institution of marriage.”

In the letter, they also state:

“The Church’s teachings and position on this moral issue are unequivocal. Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God, and the formation of families is central to the Creator’s plan for His children. Children are entitled to be born within this bond of marriage.”

There’s been quite a bit of news and bloggernacle discussion, and I’m certain there will be a lot more. For now, though, the following is a media blitz of what’s been said in the last few days:


Mormon church enters Calif. gay marriage fight
The Associated Press

LDS Church officials urge California members to support marriage amendment
Deseret News – June 23, 2008

LDS Church backs proposed California ?one man-one woman? marriage amendment
Salt Lake Tribune – June 24, 2008

LDS Church letter asks members to fight gay marriage (w/ video)
ABC 4 News – June 24, 2008


News Flash: LDS Church WILL Be Actively Opposing Gay Marriage in California This November
Mormon Matters – June 21, 2008

Supporting the Church?s position on SSM (part 2)
Millennial Star – June 24, 2008

Supporting the Church?s position on same-sex marriage
Millennial Star – May 16, 2008

A Mormon Social Doctrine?
By Common Consent – June 23, 2008

Happiness, Gay Marriage, and Eternal Marriage
Thinking in a Marrow Bone – June 20, 2008


About Ty Ray

Ty Mansfield is a practicing marriage and family therapist and currently lives with his wife and son in Texas doing doctoral work in family therapy. He enjoys playing racquetball, participating in triathlons, eating Thai food, and thinks that the greatest technological advancement of the 21st century was the invention of the iPhone (he might even be a little obsessed with it). Ty is a co-author with Fred and Marilyn Matis of In Quiet Desperation and later compiled an anthology of devotional articles by gospel scholars and personal essays by individuals who experience same-sex attraction, title Voices of Hope. More recently, he and his wife, Danielle, wrote a cover story for the May/June 2012 issue of LDS Living magazine. Some of the topics currently on Ty's mind (and which will likely be the topic of his posts) include same-sex emotional intimacy and friendship, intersections of Eastern thought and sexuality, and the dynamics of marriage when one partner experiences same-sex attraction.
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4 Responses to LDS Church Taking Position On California Marriage Amendment

  1. avatar playasinmar says:

    Isn’t this how the Matis kid got killed?

  2. avatar Ty Ray says:

    You mean “when” Stuart Matis killed himself? To oversimplify the situation attributing full responsibility for what he did to the Church—even if the Church’s political involvement was a factor—is insensitive, irrational, and does a disservice to multiple parties and factors.

  3. avatar -L- says:

    Ty: neener neener. It’s a lot easier to write a short shoddy post than a well researched and well written one. That’s how I beat you.

    Playa: that’s offensive to me… but then you probably knew it would be.

  4. avatar A.J. says:

    Church’s website has link to One of the reasons for not wanting same sex marriage is an increase in kids born out of wedlock?! “Expanding the definition of marriage by including homosexual relationships adds to the continued disregard for marriage?s ultimate purpose. Where it has been legalized, same-sex marriage decreases the total number of marriages while increasing illegitimacy. Nine European nations have had same-sex marriage since the early 90s?and just 2 percent of same-sex couples in these countries ever bother to marry, while there has been a 46 percent increase in out-of-wedlock births. (Read more)” I don’t understand how that would work? -A.J.

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