One of the purposes of this site is to let people know that not all Mormons oppose gay marriage. There are about 750,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on church rosters in California. Those folks are organized into a little more than 1200 wards and branches throughout the state. Chances are that there are one or two people in each ward or branch that support gay marriage. We understand that it’s not easy to be the “lone dissenter” in a group of people, no matter what the group believes, and so we are here to speak up and speak out and say, “You are not alone.”
We especially want to tell those who may be feeling estranged from the fellowship of their local congregations that they are not alone. For many reasons, some of which are stated on this site, there are LDS members across the state, nation and world who believe that it is not appropriate for religious leaders to encourage members to donate money or time to political groups, whether that encouragement comes over the pulpit or in the church parking lot.
The First Presidency of the Church has asked members in California to do all that they can in this election season to support Proposition 8. For some members, that means crying as quietly as possible when they hear harsh words about homosexuals. For some members, that means finding the courage to attend church weekly, despite requests for donations of time and money to a cause in which they don’t believe. For some members, that means holding their tongues and counting to 10 to quell and angry outburst. For some members, that means explaining to friends – both gay and straight – again, that not all LDS church members think and act the same way, despite appearances.
We are all in this struggle together, and when November 5, 2008 dawns, it will be a day for coming together again, no matter what the California Constitution ends up saying. We will all need to spend time repairing fences, rebuilding bridges, reaching out to members and non-members alike, some of whose thoughts and feelings may have been changed for the worse as a result of the divisive nature of this political campaign.
Let us do what we can now to prevent as much damage as possible by listening to one another with open hearts and minds, by speaking and writing about our beliefs with respect and by being true under-shepherds for Christ, searching out and comforting those who need it the most.
If you would like to join us in providing support to one another as we navigate this turbulent storm, please leave a comment. Tell us who you are and where you live. Share stories that are “of good report, and praiseworthy.” If you would like to show thanks or appreciation for those who are willing to speak up for marriage equality, but you don’t feel safe using your real name, consider using initials or a pseudonym rather than calling yourself anonymous.
If you don’t agree with the positions taken by mormonsformarriage, this is not the place to make negative comments, call people to repentance or engage in debating the issues. There are many places on the internet where debates about same-sex marriage rage on night and day, and we respectfully request you allow this site to be a place of thoughtful peace. Remember, “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience and allow all [others] the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”
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