Anyway, the email, subject line 8:The Mormon Proposistion? ...
I don't understand — you could loose your membership over this.
Can we talk big picture? Why does the Church appose the government legalizing Gay marriage — Big picture? I have been in the Bishopric, I've read the handbooks.
In the 90's the Church sided with Indian tribes when the Government tried to ban the use of Paoti in Indian rituals. But the Church is against drug use — why side with it?
The Temple. If the government can take control over an Indian nation, and tell them how they can perform their rituals — why not take control of what happens in the "Secret Mormon Temples"!
So if the government takes control of Marriage. Why not force the Church to change the Temple rituals! Dictate who the Church can marry. And what about the other things we do in the temple! Why not control that!
You know President Hinckley stated, that the Church is not Anti gay. And we are not. I am not.
But the Church will do everything in it's power to defend the temple. Who do you think is telling the Church to do that?
If I have been offensive — I am sorry. You are my friend. I read your Blog, and I am sorry you are facing such hard things, and are in pain over your situation.
Anyway, there it is. Please keep your comments civil and reasonable. I just really want to understand this better, because so many members of the church seem to be so convinced that this could really happen. I personally think that legalized gay marriage is inevitable, but that God will do what he needs to do to protect his temples and his church, if needed. And I still don't believe that Prop. 8 was God inspiring His leaders to protect His church. I believe it was God allowing them to use their agency and govern themselves, and letting the consequences follow. Just my two cents.
Thanks for your help!