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Mormon Leaders Reiterate Church's Opposition to Gay Marriage at LDS General Conference

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At the 83rd LDS General Conference yesterday, Mormon leaders doubled down on the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage and pushed against the "political and social pressures" that would seek to change official doctrines on sexual morality. The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

These pressures "have already permitted same-gender marriages in various states and nations," [apostle Dallin H.] Oaks told 20,000 Mormons gathered in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City and millions more watching worldwide via telecast and the Internet. "Other pressures would confuse gender or homogenize those differences between men and women that are essential to accomplish God's great plan of happiness."

An LDS eternal perspective does not allow Mormons "to condone such behaviors or to find justification in the laws that permit them," said the apostle, a former Utah Supreme Court Justice. "And, unlike other organizations that can change their policies and even their doctrines, our policies are determined by the truths God has declared to be unchangeable."

The LDS stance against same-sex marriage might be misunderstood, elicit "accusations of bigotry" or trigger "invasions of our free exercise of religion," he said. But "we should remember our first priority - to serve God - and, like our pioneer predecessors, push our personal handcarts forward with the same fortitude they exhibited."

Leaders at the conference also weighed in on the issue of women and the all-male LDS priesthood. Spoiler alert: they rejected the push to ordain women. Next year perhaps?  

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  1. So, there ya go. As goes the "new and improved" ROC, so goes the "new and improved" LDS.

    Folks, it is time to cut the ties that bind. Christians are the enemy. Pure and simple. There can be no compromise.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 7, 2013 11:32:08 AM

  2. Like their "unchangeable policies" about polygamy and racism.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 7, 2013 11:39:42 AM

  3. Tax the parasitic bigots.

    Posted by: Sean | Oct 7, 2013 11:40:11 AM

  4. Just die already!

    Posted by: ugh | Oct 7, 2013 11:47:20 AM

  5. I'm confused. Are these the ones who worship a space alien or are these the ones who wear special underpants?

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Oct 7, 2013 11:58:17 AM

  6. these are the ones who when they die go to planet Kolob, and have multipal

    Posted by: disgusted american | Oct 7, 2013 12:03:13 PM

  7. Look, there are bad Mormons, and then there are Harry Reid Mormons. OK?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 7, 2013 12:06:26 PM

  8. Mr. Oaks needs to brush up on church history, because his claim that "unlike other organizations that can change their policies and even their doctrines, our policies are determined by the truths God has declared to be unchangeable" is complete nonsense. The church has already changed its unchangeable doctrine regarding polygamy. The church has already changed its unchangeable doctrine regarding the ability of black men to become Mormon priests. All Mormon doctrines can be changed by a "revelation" from the head of the church; they have been changed in the past, and they will be changed in the future, as soon as they become sufficiently uncomfortable.

    Posted by: Vint | Oct 7, 2013 12:06:45 PM

  9. While Dallin Oaks was President of BYU, he presided over "aversion therapy" that used electric shocks to torture men so that they wouldn't be attracted to other males. He's a horror.

    Posted by: John | Oct 7, 2013 12:11:27 PM

  10. @notsafeforwork

    I think you're correct on both counts. Actually, I'm not so sure about the "space alien" part but I do think that when a male Mormon dies, he's promised his own planet. I'm don't know what a female Mormon is promised after death. Anyway, Mormonism really is NOT a Christian religion. However, it IS just as bigoted and anti-gay as, say, the Papists, the Southern Baptists and all sects of Islam.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Oct 7, 2013 12:14:21 PM

  11. Derrick - Like Islam , LDS allows select members to pretend to support American constitutional principles. They can even publicly deny the tenets of their faith. They are Trojan Horses.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 7, 2013 12:15:18 PM

  12. "Serving God" used to entail keeping blacks out of their church. Funny how the unchanging will of God changes with the political climate, isn't it?

    Posted by: jomicur | Oct 7, 2013 12:20:19 PM

  13. All their self-hypocrisy, misogyny, racism, and homophobia aside (NOT!) --- they can do whatever they want in their own religion. What should not be tolerated is their willful aspiration to foster their will on the general public. This nation is founded on freedom from tyranny --- and especially freedom from religious tyranny by any one religion.

    Posted by: Daya | Oct 7, 2013 12:21:57 PM

  14. "our policies are determined by the truths God has declared to be unchangeable"

    Oh. Your policies are in trouble then, because they conflict with the unchangeable truths God revealed to the Catholics 2,000 years before you.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Oct 7, 2013 12:42:45 PM

  15. Just by the basis of this screenshot, seems as if he is the epitome of evil. Let alone his message. So clueless.

    Posted by: zeddy | Oct 7, 2013 12:43:21 PM

  16. I didn't know God's plan for happiness included large groups of idiots doing all they possibly can to make other people miserable.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 7, 2013 12:50:12 PM

  17. The Mormon Corporate Con-Game Cult is a money-making fraud and absolutely nothing else.

    As long as they think they can make more money off of the idiots who pay them by espousing bigotry, they'll do it. Then, when they think that ship has sailed, they'll tell their rubes that their god changed its mind and now we're not bigoted towards that group anymore, just like when their god decided it liked black people, after all.

    The sooner the Mormon cult ceases to exist, the better off the entire world will be.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Oct 7, 2013 1:29:32 PM

  18. LDS Church history proves him to be either misinformed or a deliberate liar. Facts be damned, I guess. How does anyone of intelligence reconcile themselves with this hypocrisy?

    FYI Oaks: religions and gods are not created equal but humans are.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Oct 7, 2013 1:53:23 PM

  19. There are more profound IDEAS and understanding of love in a wonderful little movie like "Ladder Days" then these self appointed LDS "apostles" have EVER had in all of their nonsense conferences combined! Even most of their own current members privately say that it is way past time for them to have another so called "REVELATION" . . .

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 7, 2013 2:36:16 PM

  20. Quark wears glasses now?

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 7, 2013 5:37:59 PM

  21. Back in the anti-marriage fight after a year off to take heat off of Mitt Romney. Let's call it for what it clearly is.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Oct 7, 2013 7:53:20 PM

  22. Nice to see that whole "respect the law of the land" tenant of Mormonism can be swept under the rug when it's convenient. At least the 11th Article of Faith has company, now.

    Anyone who tells you, "You need to give me $1 out of every $10 you make to keep God from getting mad and withholding his blessings," is taking you for a ride.

    So is someone who tells you, "There is a God," but that's another matter.

    Posted by: FFS | Oct 8, 2013 2:50:44 AM

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