I saw an interesting memo tonight. It was written by a member who is an attorney. He took the “Six Consequences” of Prop 8 not passing and debunked their legal foundations. Basically, the six consequences are nothing more than
scare tactics and exaggerations. This bothers me a great deal because I allowed myself to get taken in by them. I’m grateful to Brother Thurston for pointing these out.
To be clear: I want Proposition 8 to pass. Homosexuality is wrong. It is a mockery of a one of the most sacred sacraments (see section “A Holy Sacrament”) in which we will ever partake. Homosexual marriage is a mockery of a sacred institution, ordained by God Himself. I cannot state that strong enough.
However, I do not believe in achieving a goal by any means necessary. If we continue to peddle scare tactics with no factual support, no matter what happens with Prop 8, our personal integrity will have suffered, to say nothing of the Church’s good name.
Instead of propagating falsehoods, why not take this opportunity to teach why homosexuality is wrong? Is this not a missionary opportunity? Should we not teach the importance of families and procreation and godly progression?
Proposition 8 is not the solution to all of our problems and the failure of its passage will not herald the defeat of religion. Religion will only be defeated if we continue to shy away from religious arguments that explain our actions and beliefs and instead hide behind scare tactics and exaggerations.
Many reasons are given to oppose homosexual marriage these days. They include the idea that homosexual couples have a harmful effect on their adopted children. Additionally, our legislators say the Constitution doesn’t allow for it. If we continue to cite these flawed and weak reasons* as the cause of our opposition to homosexual marriage, not only are we painting ourselves in a logical corner, we are hiding the real reason for our opposition. We are hiding God’s commandments behind flimsy excuses instead of “letting [our] light…shine before men”. I think we will find it difficult to truly say we “have no other Gods before [Him]” if we don’t acknowledge His reasoning first and foremost.
I propose that we instead proclaim our opposition to homosexual marriage on the grounds that God has forbid it. Further, that we know God has forbid it because He has a prophet on the Earth today who has revealed His will in a sacred document known as the Family Proclamation. Finally, if they would like more information about President Monson or Jesus Christ’s church on Earth today, they can meet with representatives by going here.
* I say they’re flawed and weak because there are also studies that show that homosexual couples have well-adjusted families; the Constitution of the US makes no mention of marriage, heterosexual or otherwise.