The Divine Institution of Marriage

The Divine Institution of Marriage

The Chuch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has recently released a new 6-page document entitled The Divine Institution of Marriage.  Per the Church:

“The Church has a single, undeviating standard of sexual morality: intimate relations are proper only between a husband and a wife united in the bonds of matrimony.  

The Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility towards homosexual men and women. Protecting marriage between a man and a woman does not affect Church members’ Christian obligations of love, kindness and humanity toward all people.

As Church members decide their own appropriate level of involvement in protecting marriage between a man and a woman, they should approach this issue with respect for others, understanding, honesty, and civility.

Intending to reduce misunderstanding and ill will, the Church has produced the following document, “The Divine Institution of Marriage,” and provided the accompanying links to other materials, to explain its reasons for defending marriage between a man and a woman as an issue of moral imperative. ”

To read The Divine Institution of Marriage, visit

Often times, when talking about why the Church is against gay marriage, people will ask “What’s the harm?” or “They’re not bothering you.”  To those who believe that, read NPR’s When Gay Rights and Religious Liberties Clash.

What do you think?  Is this a cause the Church and its members should be fighting for?

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  1. I certainly believe that individuals should stand up and fight for what they believe in! In this case, that would be the protection of marriage. Clearly the easiest way is by voting. I also think that making your view known to others and getting word out is important. I remember when we had organized door to door efforts the last time that was on the ballot, which is also very effective. I think it comes down to whatever an individual is comfortable doing.

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