The Mormon Church has been strangely quiet over the last year or so as marriage equality bills and laws have begin passing across the USA. Mother Jones reports:
But after the Mormon involvement in Prop. 8 was fully exposed, the backlash was severe–and apparently unexpected. The church became a target for public protests, and lost a considerable number of members who were unhappy with its involvement in a political issue that had caused individual LDS families a lot of grief. In the campaign’s aftermath, a top church leader even apologized to gay church members for the pain they’d suffered.
This is not to say that the Mormons have had a change of heart about gay marriage. The church is still adamantly opposed to it. On April 6, during the LDS’s annual conference, Boyd Packer, who is next in line to assume the church’s top leadership post, warned, “We need to be careful of the tolerance trend trap, so that we do not get swallowed up in it. The permissiveness afforded by the weakening of the laws of the land to tolerate and legalize immorality does not reduce the serious spiritual consequence that is the result from a violation of God’s law of Chastity.” That said, the church seems to have returned to focusing on homosexuality as a personal issue rather than a political one.
It’s a fascinating article… if only the Catholic Church would take the same approach…