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Mormon Leader Reiterates Church’s Opposition to Gay Marriage

At a church conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, a top Mormon official reiterated the church’s longstanding opposition to same-sex marriage, the AP reports:

Neil andersenThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on homosexuality has softened in recent years, but this marks the second consecutive conference in which leaders took time to emphasize the faith's insistence that marriage should be limited to unions between a man and a woman, as God created.

"While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not," said Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve. "He designated the purpose of marriage to go far beyond the personal satisfaction and fulfillment of adults, to more importantly, advancing the ideal setting for children to be born, reared and nurtured." […]

Andersen encouraged church members not to buckle under the pressure of a growing movement on social media and elsewhere by advocates who want to make gay marriage legal. He offered the example of a woman who articulated her support for "traditional marriage" on Facebook and refused to take it down despite backlash.

Anderson also praised those who “struggle with same-sex attraction,” but stay true to the commandments of God and not succumb to the sin of homosexuality.  

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  1. Well apparently God re-defined the meaning of Christianity and made Mormonism a legitimate religion without telling anybody else, so maybe He re-defined the meaning of marriage (again) without tell the Quorom of Twelve or any other fundamentalists.

    Posted by: Robert | Apr 6, 2014 9:42:42 AM

  2. I like Mormons as long as they don't practice.

    Posted by: Frank | Apr 6, 2014 9:44:39 AM

  3. I don't "struggle with same-sex attraction," a favorite term used by vehemently anti-gay Christianists. However, I do love my husband more and more every day and we've been together almost 34 years. I don't need your approval. Just stay out of the way of our equal rights.

    Posted by: Tim | Apr 6, 2014 10:18:56 AM

  4. Another reason I didn't like "The Book of Mormon" - it's hard to make a light comedy out of bald-face disdain from this cult.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 6, 2014 10:26:44 AM

  5. which "traditional marriage" was the facebook woman bravely digging her heels on? polygamy?

    Posted by: jed | Apr 6, 2014 10:32:43 AM

  6. And the homophobic hate just keeps on a-comin' out of Temple Square. Between this church conference presentation yesterday and the church's brief submitted Friday supporting the anti-SSM law in the federal NC court case, it's evident there's no change in the Mormon Church position - no "softening" - regarding their acceptance of the LGBT community. So, please, let's not kid ourselves into thinking otherwise.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Apr 6, 2014 10:39:39 AM

  7. "Quorum of the Twelve"?
    Sounds like politburo of the communist party.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 6, 2014 10:46:19 AM

  8. Whatever happened to helping the needy and the poor and the huddled masses?

    Posted by: Chrislam | Apr 6, 2014 10:46:41 AM

  9. Not that he really believed in what he said. It is just a ploy to retain their customers. Just invent some enemies so that the Mormons can stick together. Just like what Bill Clinton said, when there are aliens, humans will stick together and make nice.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 6, 2014 10:49:45 AM

  10. I don't see any problem here. God told their founders that polygamy was the way to go and that blacks couldn't become priests. Then god told them polygamy wasn't okay. Then god told them black men could become priests. All they need is another "revelation" in which god tells them that same sex marriages are okay. Then they can stop using their energies to try to put up obstacles for loving couples.

    Posted by: john patrick | Apr 6, 2014 11:12:34 AM

  11. Whenever anyone brings up that tedious "sin"-thingy, remind them that sin is just an imaginary disease invented to sell the gullible an imaginary cure.

    Posted by: Balancement | Apr 6, 2014 11:29:01 AM

  12. All we need to do is to arrange another revelation. We'll create a flying saucer from planet Kolob to deliver it.

    Posted by: Frank | Apr 6, 2014 11:38:38 AM

  13. This guy is really pushing for his own planet!!

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 6, 2014 11:40:24 AM

  14. He read this pronouncement off of a stone and for his next hat trick dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb!

    This South park clips sums these loons up brilliantly:

    Posted by: dearcomrade | Apr 6, 2014 11:53:45 AM

  15. Vilifying “the other” is, has always been, and, it seems, will always be an inseparable part of religions, most notably Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. This need for such a smug sense of superiority is only one notch above the fight-or-flight brain of a lizard.

    Posted by: Bryan L | Apr 6, 2014 12:09:08 PM

  16. Considering that the Mormon Church itself has changed the definition of marriage, that's ridiculous. The definition was changed to monogamy only to facilitate Utah statehood.

    Furthermore, if it's really for procreation only, them marriages where there are no children within a reasonable amount of time should also be voided by this church.

    Posted by: Shlomo | Apr 6, 2014 12:48:00 PM

  17. Tax, tax, tax. maybe they'll go and get an honest job.

    Posted by: barney | Apr 6, 2014 12:52:08 PM

  18. He's welcome to his opinions.. he gave good advice too...don't buckle under! We're winning this thing, so don't buckle under to adversaries like the mormons..

    Posted by: Burt | Apr 6, 2014 1:00:07 PM

  19. And I reiterate my opposition to the Mormon Church and their weird beliefs.

    Posted by: Ken | Apr 6, 2014 1:01:41 PM

  20. Nobody cares about what your human made "Lord" has and has not done. It is irrelevant to American SECULAR civil law. The ideal setting for children in at least one parent who will love, protect and provide for them PERIOD. Heterosexuals who cannot or choose not to have or raise children can obtain a marriage license not equation asked therefore their is NO reason what-so-ever to ban gay couples from doing the same especially since they can provide homes for the thousands of children abandoned by heterosexuals or lost their parents to various circumstances. Your arguments have debunked in court of law after court of law. Get over it. Keep your religion out of the lives of others and the laws that pertain to their lives or you just may lose your religious right all together. Fair warning. You will be physically forced to stop crossing these boundaries if you do not stop crossing the willingly. That is not a threat, it is a promise.

    Posted by: Sean | Apr 6, 2014 1:02:09 PM

  21. If ever a church could be said to be "making it up as they go along", it's the Mormons. No Mormon should ever consider their faith "fixed and unchanging for all time". Instead, they should keep always in the back of their minds that everything they thought they knew and understood can change on a moments notice, largely to achieve some political end as seen by the church leadership.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 6, 2014 1:28:50 PM

  22. I just got off the phone with the Lord, and he told me the exact opposite of what he told this Mormon guy. Since my call is later than his call, I guess my call reflects the current thinking of the Lord (who is known to change his mind so often!).

    Posted by: seamus | Apr 6, 2014 2:25:47 PM

  23. "Quorum of the Twelve"?
    Sounds like politburo of the communist party.

    Posted by: simon"

    Yep! The Mormons actually aspire to someday follow a form of government called "The Law of Consecration" which is essentially a communist system but theocratic and not atheist.

    Posted by: Ulu | Apr 6, 2014 5:27:32 PM

  24. Enemy of human decency.

    Posted by: TheSeer | Apr 6, 2014 5:30:41 PM

  25. I always say: pity the Christian, purge the Christianity.

    Posted by: marco | Apr 6, 2014 6:06:39 PM

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