Gays and the Gospel

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

Never Suppress the Freedom of the Soul

We Latter-day Saints declare through scripture:

"We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience… human law…should never suppress the freedom of the soul…holding sacred the freedom of conscience…

"The test comes in practicing what we proclaim."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, First Presidency Message, "Developing Chrislike Attributes" Ensign/Liahona Oct. 2008

"We believe that … governments have a right, and are bound to enact laws for the protection of all citizens in the free exercise of their religious belief; but we do not believe that they have a right in justice to deprive citizens of this privilege, or proscribe them in their opinions…"

(Doctrine and Covenants 134:2, 4, 5, 7)

Do marriage laws like California's Prop 8 or proposed marraige ammendments to the Constitution “secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience” or do they actually “suppress the freedom of the soul” and deny the “free exercise of their religious belief” of millions of Gay Americans who choose to marry a companion according to their personal love, conscience and religious beliefs?

Many of our Gay and Lesbian neighbors believe civil marriage to a same-sex companion is as right for them and is as much their free exercise of conscience, religious belief and opinion as “traditional marriage” is for others.

The Lord does not require us to agree with each other's beliefs. But when we disagree is it right for us to let our religious beliefs prohibit, stifle or limit the religious beliefs and practices of others, espeicially in matters as personal and sacred as marriage and family?

Even more importantly, the Lord declared in the Doctrine and Covenants:

"And now verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land… that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me. Therefore, I the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land; And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil."

(Doctrine and Covenants 98:5-7)

Do laws or amendments which prevent God's Gay and Lesbiain children from marrying support or undermine God's “principle of freedom?” Whether we believe civil marriage is a right or a privilege, do marriage amendment laws “maintain rights and privileges” or take away marital rights and privileges from millions of citizens? Does the Lord's term “all mankind” include our Gay and Lesbian neighbors and loved ones?  Should the Constitution also protect their rights and privileges, or just the majority's?  Don't these words of the Lord clearly condemn as evil any laws or amendments to our Constitution which diminish Constitutional rights and privileges of any citizens?