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11 Scriptural Reasons Latter-day Saints should Support Marriage Equality  

Preserve Equality

Jesus commanded, "…Ye shall not esteem one flesh above another, or one man shall not think himself above another." (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 23:7) "And again I say unto you, let every man esteem his brother as himself."
(Doctrine and Covenants  38:24)

"And there was a strict command throughout all the churches that there should be no persecutions among them, that there should be an equality among all men; That they should let no pride nor haughtiness disturb their peace; that every man should esteem his neighbor as himself…"  (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 27:3-4)

Is there any pride in the belief that only heterosexuals and “traditional families” are of worth to God and society, or deserving of love, marriage, families, civil rights and protection? Aren’t Prop 8 and similar marriage laws evidence that parts of society and some churches “esteem” or value “Straight flesh” and “traditional families” far above “Gay flesh” and their families?
When we start to see the good in our Gay and Lesbian neighbors and their families, we will see the wonderful benefit they are to our neighborhoods, our state, our country and society. Shouldn’t they be treated equally so they have a chance to contribute equally?

Our Book of Mormon declares: "…it was strictly contrary to the commands of God that there should be a law which should bring men on to unequal grounds."
(Book of Mormon, Alma 30:7)

If State or Federal law allows some members of our community to marry according to their beliefs and denies our Gay and Lesbian neighbors that same privilege, isn’t that unequal grounds? Can we say we keep the commandments of God when we promote laws that are contrary to this commandment of God?