The LDS church and the LGBT question

It should come as no shock to anyone that Christians are against homosexual relations. We believe that sexual relations are only appropriate between a man and a woman, legally and lawfully married. We also believe that marriage, an institution that God created, can only be between and man and a woman. None of that is news, to anyone.

In the United States, we as a society have accepted those values for generations, and adopted them into law. They have been a part of our collective laws and organizations. Overall, I feel that our cultural judeo-Christian values have been overwhelmingly positive as a guide. But we’ve had our issues as a nation too: discrimination, hate, persecution, prejudice, and mistreatment are issues we’ve dealt with over and over. These ugly, sometimes horrific problems have affected the LGBT community, people of various races, the handicapped, the elderly, and even the Mormons.

Our failings as a society are human issues, and you see similar failings in societies throughout history, and around the globe. Today, issues of sexual orientation, how we treat each other, and religious freedom, are all colliding. It seems like all sides are feeling extremely threatened, and all sides are pushing back as hard as they can to get what they want.

Enter the Mormon church. Today, prominent Mormon leaders released the following call for more laws that focus on protecting religious freedom, while at the same time protecting the rights of the LGBT community:

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-news-conference-on-religious-freedom-and-nondiscrimination

How will the LGBT community react? It’s hard to say. The LDS church has supported the rights of the LGBT community in the past and not gotten a lot of recognition for it.

If you read the article above, you’ll realize that what the Mormon church leaders are promoting is entirely fair, and is founded in the very core of our country’s beliefs in freedom. Protect those who need protection, and make sure that it isn’t a one-sided issue. There are real, fair, and important issues to consider on both sides of the argument, and it is critical that we take time to think as we re-shape our society. The argument is complex, and deserves great consideration.