Supporting Gay Marriage

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Can someone support the legality of gay marriage without actually supporting gay marriage?

12 thoughts on “Supporting Gay Marriage

  1. Absolutely.

    Bill of Rights: Amendment I

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

    That’s right folks – It’s President Bush’s argument that “…Marriage is the union of one man and one woman …as God has ordained…” is, at its roots Judeo-Christian morality. As this is the foundation for the current move to sanction marriage by defining it as a RELIGIOUS relationship – it cannot and must not be legislated either for or against…

  2. I have been thinking about this as well. It’s like keeping the sabath day holy is a commandment, but should it be illegal to break it? It is sometimes hard to know what should be legal or not on religious issues.

  3. I thought that both the US Constitution 1st Amendment and LDS 11th Article of Faith called for Freedom of Religion for all people.

    Doesn’t this apply to the Church of Homosexuality also? Or are LDS and Americans allowed to be prejudiced against people whose belief system is different from ours?

  4. The real issue is the rights of chidren that live in homosexual home. They do not have the same rights and priveleges as a child that lives in a married family. Should we protect them like we do the childred of married families?

    I wonder why the church is so opposed to protecting these children? Any thoughts on why the church is opposed since it does not support political parties (except certain ones)like this one.

  5. That’s not the real issue, Bill; it’s a red herring. If it was the real issue, I would have mentioned it in my post. The real issue is whether someone can support the legality of gay marriage and yet not support gay marriage itself.

  6. I think it’s *possible* but not probable.

    Many people coming at the issue from a religious standpoint are unwilling to de-couple the two aspects of the same-sex marriage issue.

  7. Marriage to many is a religious thing. Are you talking about religious beliefs or the rights of people.

  8. D&C 134:4 forbids us from letting our religious beliefs prompt us to infringe upon the rights and liberties of others. Gays are to have the same rights as straights. The US Supreme Court banned laws that forbade Blacks and Whites from intermarrying. The Court said that marriage to the person of our choice is a right and is part of the God given right to the Pursuit of Happiness. It also said that such subjective religiously based restrictions (the judge which ruled in favor of the law said that the Bible says that God separated the races and didn’t want them intermingling) deny Equal Protection of rights and Due Process.

    We LDS are supposed to support the Constitutional rights of all. If we “liken the ruling unto ourselves”, the above ruling would suggest that denying same-sex marriage for the same reasons would likewise be unconstitutional.

    For more details on this, on when the sayings of the prophets can be ignored and other issues, visit Thanks.

  9. I find the very question seperates the two. The “legality of gay marriage” insinuates a legal system, while “gay marriage” focuses more on the relationship and choice. So one can abide by a legal decision while disagreeing with the behavior. Or conversley, support the behavior and not support the legality of the institution of marriage. Free choice can really jazz life up, can’t it?

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