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LDS Church responds to same-sex marriage ruling

Published on January 10, 2014 at 03:42PM

Updated

The LDS church sent instructions to ecclesiastical leaders Friday addressing the recent court ruling that struck down Utah’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Church officials encouraged civility on both sides as the issue works it’s way through the courts.

Just as those who promote same-sex marriage are entitled to civility, the same is true for those who oppose it. The Church insists on its leaders’ and members’ constitutionally protected right to express and advocate religious convictions on marriage, family, and morality free from retaliation or retribution,” the statement says.

Church officials also reaffirmed that same-sex marriages and related ceremonies and activities are not permitted in meetinghouses and on other church owned properties and will not be performed by church officers.

The LDS church further stated, “Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established. God expects us to uphold and keep His commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society. His law of chastity is clear: sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife.” Church leaders are encouraged to teach church members the doctrines found in The Family: A Proclamation to the World.

The full statement can be found at http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-instructs-leaders-on-same-sex-marriage