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11 Scriptural Reasons Latter-day Saints should Support Marriage Equality  

Maintain Freedom of Religion

We Latter-day Saints declare in scripture: "We believe that religion is instituted of God; and that men are amenable to him, and to him only, for the exercise of it, unless their religious opinions prompt them to infringe upon the rights and liberties of others…. We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another proscribed [prohibited] in its spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied."
(Doctrine and Covenants 134:4, 9)

Is it okay for us to allow our beliefs to deny Gays and Lesbians their religious expressions and observances in loving marriage and family?

Isn’t it strongly held “religious opinions” about what constitutes a marriage or a family that prompted Prop 8 and similar marriage laws? Is it right for any religious society to impose through law its religious opinions on marriage, baptism, prayer, Sabbath observance etc.?

For millions of Gays and Lesbians, marriage and family are as much a part of their religious beliefs and devotion to God as for others. Their desire to marry, not just live with, a same gender companion is as much a matter of their conscience, love, natural affections and religious belief as marriage to an opposite gender companion is for other Christians.

Do Prop 8 and similar marriage laws deny the “individual rights” of millions of Gay and Lesbian citizens to marry according to their conscience and religious beliefs? Do those laws deny millions of Gay citizens and their families their right as citizens to enjoy the same state and federal benefits other couples and families enjoy? 

Growing numbers of churches value God’s Gay and Lesbian children and their families and believe it is good and right to offer them the blessings of marriage.

Is it right for us Latter-day Saints to vote to destroy the religious freedoms of other churches who do value God’s Gay and Lesbian children, their monogamous relationships and families and want to offer them the blessings of marriage? Don’t Prop 8 and similar laws clearly foster “traditional” religious society while proscribing or forbidding spiritual privileges of other churches to offer legal and lawful marriages according to their beliefs?

If we legislatively impose our religious opinions regarding marriage on others, doesn’t that open the door for the majority, who oppose some of our religious beliefs and practices, to impose their religious opinions on us and proscribe or prohibit us through law in our spiritual privileges, religious freedoms and civil rights?