Saturday, July 18, 2015

Did Love Win?

Now that things have calmed down I decided to put my opinion on the subject.

On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court ruled at same-sex marriage was legal in all 50 states of the US. This decision came with many different responses. Some were thrilled beyond belief, others were heart broken.

The Church of Jesus Latter Day Saints is firm in its belief that marriage is to be between a man and women. The Church has that right to stand by what it believes in and to refuse to perform such marriages. Among members there is much confusion on what members can do without putting their membership in jeopardy. As my understanding, members are can have attractions to the same sex and stand by that attraction, however if they practice homosexuality they can be excommunicated. Members can advocate their beliefs on the subject- whatever that may be. However if they start to request members to follow them and push their beliefs they also, maybe excommunicated. That is the Churches position. They hold that right to stand by that, like it or not.

Personally- As a Christian I believe that marriage should be between a man and women, and that is how I have chosen to live my life. But I was excited. Who am I (or anyone!) to say who you can’t marry? So what if it’s two men or two women. They deserve the same healthcare and other legal benefits as any other married couple.  Today at the nail salon these lovely men walked in hand and hand. They are getting ready for their honeymoon and wanted to have fresh nails for the photos. If you are happy that is all that matters. Love prevailed in this court decision.

I was heartbroken to see people say that the world is going to hell or that they would wish their child dead rather than Gay. Or that these people are “abomination” quoting Leviticus 18:22. As well as recounting the story of the Sodomites, which may I add I never saw the word homosexuality.
Really? If Kelli were to walk up to me and say she liked women, I’m not going to lie I would not be thrilled and caught off guard. But I would love her and support her, not wish her dead or tell her she is an abomination.

In a letter form the Church presidency they state:

The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to love and treat all people with kindness and civility—even when we disagree. We affirm that those who avail themselves of laws or court rulings authorizing samesex marriage should not be treated disrespectfully. Indeed, the Church has advocated for rights of samesex couples in matters of hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment, and probate, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the traditional family or the constitutional rights of churches.

I feel like this was a good summary of my feelings, and I don’t expect anyone to share that belief. We all have our own opinions on this topic, but we need to be able to respect these opinions. 

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