Gays and the Gospel

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

Promote Equality

The Lord commanded in our dispensation:

"…in your temporal things you shall be equal, and this not grudgingly, otherwise the abundance of the manifestations of the Spirit shall be withheld."

(Doctrine & Covenants 70:14)

Are federal and state laws that provide protections and benefits some of the "temporal things" which help us Latter-day Saints raise our families and preserve our equality in society? Do we believe these words of the Lord enough to act, campaign and vote to make sure our Gay and Lesbian neighbors and their families "shall be equal" in access to those same "temporal things" our families enjoy? Have we grudgingly granted them minimal protections in housing and employment and marital rights required by Constitutional law, while withholding other basic temporal things like equal hospital visitation rights, adoption rights, protection from bullying and violence, inheritance rights, parental or spousal social security benefits, spousal and family insurance benefits and many other temporal benefits we take for granted?

In ancient and modern times the Lord declared:

"…Ye shall not esteem one flesh above another, or one man shall not think himself above another."

(Book of Mormon, Mosiah 23:7)

"And let every man esteem his brother as himself... And again I say unto you, let every man esteem his brother as himself."

(Doctrine and Covenants  38:24-25)

Can we truthfully say we esteem our Gay or LGBTIQ brothers and sisters as ourselves when, regardless of their service and devotion to God, we deny them some of the things we cherish most - marriage, family and full Church blessings? Is there any pride in the belief that only Heterosexuals and “traditional families” are of worth to God, church and society, or deserving of love, marriage, family and the civil rights and protections our families enjoy? Aren’t marriage and other laws which exclude or target God’s LGBTIQ children evidence that parts of society and some churches “esteem” or value “Straight flesh” and “traditional families” far above “Gay flesh” and their families?

When we seek to see the good in our Gay and Lesbian neighbors and their families, we will discover the wonderful benefit they are to our neighborhoods, our state, country, society and even our churches. Shouldn’t they be treated equally so they have a chance to contribute equally? (consider D&C 78:6)

The Book of Mormon further declares:

"…it was strictly contrary to the commands of God that there should be a law which should bring men on to unequal grounds."

(Book of Mormon, Alma 30:7)

If State or Federal laws of any country allow some members of our community to marry according to their beliefs and deny our Gay and Lesbian neighbors that same privilege, isn’t that unequal grounds? If we support so-called "religious freedom protection" laws that allow government officials, health care workers, teachers, restaurant and store owners, police and firemen etc. to deny service based on their religious beliefs, doesn't that create very "unequal grounds" which can just as easily harm Latter-day Saints in "anti-Mormon" communities? Can we say we keep the commandments of God to esteem our neighbors as ourselves when we promote and vote for laws that are contrary to His commandments?