Mormon church continues opposition to gay marriage
One of the Mormon Church’s highest ranking officials, Neil Anderson of the Quorum of the Twelve, has gone on the record to say the church does not support gay marriage.
"While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not,” Anderson said whilst addressing followers at a General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday. “He designated the purpose of marriage to go far beyond the personal satisfaction and fulfilment of adults to, more importantly, advancing the ideal setting for children to be born, reared, and nurtured."
The proclamation is particularly timely given that a federal court judge recently overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Last year it was revealed the Mormon Church was one of the chief forces behind Proposition 8, with church members assigned to door knock to drum up support for the Bill when it was passed in 2008.
More recently however the church has shown a softening towards LGBTI people with the Mormon church even vocally supporting the Boy Scouts of America policy to allow gay members.
Whilst Anderson's comments made clear the church’s policy on gay marriage, he also urged Mormons to show compassion. Speaking about those church members who struggled with same sex attraction he said: "Everyone, independent of their decisions and beliefs, deserves our kindness and consideration."