So I’m trying to figure out how to tell friends and family that my wife and I don’t want to receive any more email forwards of a political nature (or dumb joke nature for that matter). It’s not that I don’t agree with some of the conservative principles of which they espouse, rather it’s the tone and tenor in which they are usually expressed in said emails. But in the meantime, there was one that has been passed on to me by two different people (and I’m sure many of you) that bugs me because it makes a bunch of claims without a single shred of evidence to back them up. That lack of evidence notwithstanding, legal ramifications and their impact on the Church are the only hesitations I have on the Prop 8 matter (I don’t really care if Joe and Beau get married).
So read the following forward and then I have some questions:
Dear friends and family,
My friend had Sacrament this past Sunday focus on Amendment 8 in California [...] This is an excerpt from her letter about their Sacrament meeting: ‘One of the Sacrament speakers is an LDS judge in the area and his statistics were mind blowing.
For example, in Boston, MA (where gay marriages are now legal,) the Catholic Charities have closed their doors because the state has required them to allow adoptions to same sex couples, and they refused. They are a large and worthwhile charity with great power in the state and they were overruled. A Methodist church has lost their tax exempt status because the minister refused to perform a marriage of a same sex couple (they were not of his congregation). A physician who refused to do fertility treatments on a same sex couple because of religious reasons was sued, lost and the state is requiring him to treat everyone as equals. Our schools will be required to teach, starting in kindergarten, that marriages make up many different combinations. The consequences are horrible.
Directly tied into ALL of this is our right to continue to go to the Temple. If Gay Marriage is supported by the government, then those who are same-sex married, who are ‘LDS’ and legally recognized as married by the government, can sue to be married in the temple. It is my opinion that the church will not bend on this issue, and our rights to go to the temple will be in jeopardy.
AND goodbye to those religious tax-deductions. Tithing, fast offerings, etc. We will lose our tax-exemption status if the government legally forces the church to support same-sex marriage.’
These effects are far-reaching! I hope no one is upset by this email, I would not want to offend anyone, but I believe this issue is not a political issue at all, but a moral issue that affects all of society.? The Proclamation on the family clearly gives a warning voice on this matter.
I pray that this issue on the ballots will overturn the gay marriages occurring right now in that state, and help prevent other states from adopting this stance. I believe that it is important to support and defend traditional marriage, home and family. Another friend says that her relatives in Sweden are even watching what goes on in California. The whole world is watching to see what happens.
Now, my instinct is that the claims are garbage. I mean, come on, we’ve been keeping people out of the temple for 150 years (for living in what we define as sin), how could the law force us to let “sinners” in now? And the writer makes absolutely no attempt to explain how our tax-exempt status has anything to do with same-sex marriage, except that by putting them in the same sentence we might think there is a link. (I also love the “I don’t mean to offend, but this is moral, not political.” Hon, it would be less offensive if it were just politics). Oh, and your friend in Sweden is watching what is going on (because you are talking about it with her). Yeah, you’re right, the WHOLE WORLD is watching.
Anyway, what exactly are the legal ramifications if this doesn’t pass (or does pass, I don’t remember if the Church is voting yes or no)…if gays are still allowed to marry. Is there any kind of legal threat to the way the Church does things? And could THAT be the primary reason the Church is doing this? How much does this legal stuff factor into your opinion on the matter or is it all about how much destruction to our society Steve and Cleve are inflicting?
NOTE: The delete button is hot for this post. No denigrating LDS Church leadership or each other. (but you can pick on email forwards all you want.)