Gays and the Gospel

12 Scriptural Reasons for Latter‐day Saints
to Support Our Gay & Lesbian Neighbors,
Their Marriages & Families

Marraige is Honorable in All

The Bible declares:

Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge”

(Hebrews 13:4; emphasis added)

Millions of God’s Gay and Lesbian children around the world are fighting for their right to enter honorable marriage. Growing millions of them are no longer willing to live the lifestyle of “whoremongers and adulterers” to which religion and society have traditionally consigned them.

One of the evils the apostle Paul prophesied for our "latter times" was "forbidding to marry" (see 1 Timothy 4:1, 3).

Many "defense of marriage" or "pro-family" marriage laws and constitutional ammendments have the ultimate result of forbidding millions of citizens to marry according to the dictates of their conscience and therefore contribute to this prophesied evil.  Is the Lord pleased if we Latter-day Saints and other Christians actively help bring about prophesied evil?

Even more importantly, in modern times the Lord stated clearly,

“And again, verily I say unto you, that whoso forbiddeth to marry is not ordained of God,  for marriage is ordained of God unto man.”

(Doctrine and Covenants 49:15)

Does the Lord's term “whoso” include us Latter-day Saints and other Christians? Can we truthfully say we believe or live this teaching of Jesus Christ if we campaign or vote for legislation which forbids millions of God's children to marry? Does the Lord's term “man” in this context include women? Doesn't "man" equally include our Gay and Lesbian neighbors as much as ourselves? If we believe these words of the Lord, how can we seek to legislatively or religiously forbid (hinder or prevent) millions of our fellow citizens to marry and believe we are ordained of God to do so?

It is also very helpful to note the following two verse (16-17), which seem like a limiting roadblock to some, actually open the door to greater understanding of God's laws regarding marriage and family. While the Lord clearly states in those verses one type of marriage that is lawful and one purpose for it, He clearly does not declare that is the “only” marriage that is lawful nor does He describe God's complete law of marriage. We Latter-day Saints know, as most other Bible-beleiving Christians should understand, marriage between “a man and a woman” is not the only type of marriage that has been instituted and blessed by God. As explained in the section heading of D&C 132, the doctrine of plurality of wives, as practiced by many of the Bible's foremost prophets, was know to the prophet Joseph Smith the same year Section 49 was received. Far more significantly the Lord declared to Joseph Smith the extent of the sacred sealing powers used in our temple marriages today:

“And again, verily I say unto you, my servant Joseph, that whatsoever you give on earth, and to whomsoever you give any one on earth, by my word and according to my law, it shall be visited with blessings and not cursings, and with my power, saith the Lord, and shall be without condemnation on earth and in heaven.”

(Doctrine and Covenants 132:48; emphasis added)

Do we genuinely believe and trust Jesus Christ, that He knew what He was talking about when He declared in our dispensation specifically all-inclusive and gender neutral terminology - "whomsoever" and "any one on earth"? While our current LDS tradition, practice and policy limit these sealing powers only to seal "a man and a woman" and parents to children, the Lord's consistenly all-inclusive words dictate a far more generous and inclusive application of these powers to bind and bless strong, genuine, loving relationships and families of "whatsoever" kind on earth and in heaven. With such clarity, how can we continue to ignore the Lord's words and exclude our Gay and Lesbian neighbors and their families from sacred sealing blessings? Will we exercise the faith to seek these already God-ordained blessings for our LGBTIQ loved ones and families or will we fearfully or even pridefully keep them to ourselves?

More enlightenment regarding God's broad view of marriage and family is gained by a prayerful study of the scriptures including Section 132 which ends with:

“And now, as pertaining to this law, verily, verily, I say unto you, I will reveal more unto you, hereafter; therefore, let this suffice for the present. Behold, I am Alpha and Omega. Amen.”

(Doctrine and Covenants 132:66)

Are our LDS hearts and minds willing and ready to seek and receive more or do we limit our view by our determination to maintain “tradition” (see D&C 93:39)? When it comes to God's will regarding marriage and family do we ignore Nephi's warning and declare “We have received, and we need no more!” (2 Nephi 28:27)?