Mormon Church Voices Support for Senate Bill to Protect Same-Sex Marriage | LGBTQ+ rights

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has expressed support for a Senate bill that would protect same-sex marriage, saying LGBTQ+ people are entitled to rights while affirming its belief that same-sex relationships are a Fishing.

“The doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding a man and a woman is well known and will remain unchanged.” the church said in a statement tuesday.

“We are grateful for the continued efforts of those working to ensure respectful marriage law includes appropriate religious freedom protections while respecting the law and safeguarding the rights of our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters.”

The Senate is due to vote Wednesday on the Respect for Marriage Act, which will repeal a Clinton-era law that defines marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman. The bill also prohibits states from denying out-of-state marriage licenses and benefits on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, or national origin.

While the church has a long history of opposing same-sex relationships – it spent $20 million trying to pass California’s Proposition 8, a 2008 measure that banned same-sex marriage in the state — he’s taken a more relaxed view of same-sex marriage in recent years.

In 2016, the church said it welcomes members who identify as LGBTQ+, though it reiterated its position that marriage is between a man and a woman.

In 2019, the church repealed a 2015 rule that banned baptisms for children of gay parents and declared same-sex marriage a sin worthy of expulsion from the church. At the time, the church said same-sex relationships were still a “grave transgression”.

“As we work together to uphold the principles and practices of religious freedom and the rights of LGBTQ+ people, much can be done to heal relationships and foster greater understanding,” the church said Tuesday.

In a statement, Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah, said“We are heartened to see The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supporting the bipartisan honoring marriage law. Despite the differences we may have, we can still find common ground on laws that support the strengthening of all families.

The Respect for Marriage Act was introduced after the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, the 1973 decision that had protected the right to abortion.

In a concurring opinion, Judge Clarence Thomas said the court should reconsider its positions on cases decided on a similar basis, concerning rights based on privacy. One case Thomas mentioned was Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 decision that established the right to same-sex marriage.

Shortly after the decision on abortion, the House past the Respect for Marriage Act, garnering 47 votes from Republicans and 220 Democrats.

To advance to the Senate, the Democrats need 10 Republicans to smash a filibuster. Three GOP senators have expressed support and are helping to push for its passage, but others have remained hesitant.

“I’ve spoken a bit with people on both sides of the issue,” said Joni Ernst, a Republican senator from Iowa. Politics. “I told everyone I was just keeping an open mind.”

Mitt Romney, of Utah and a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints of Jesus Christ, told Politico he would support the bill “if it includes meaningful protections for religions and religious institutions. “.

Norman D. Briggs