|Nov. 14th, 2008 02:38 pm|
I don't really want to say anything about this but I feel like I need to, if for no other reason then to sort out my own feelings. Now, by saying this I will probably come off as bigoted and hateful but please, believe me when I say I really am not. I am however a firm believer in my church and it's teachings.6 comments - Leave a comment
I don't think we ought to allow gay marriages. At all. It hurts me to say that. I am appalled that the Utah constitution now has discrimination written in it. I want those who are close to me that are gay to be happy and have all the rights that I have. Except marriage.
Now, I don't believe gay marriage will open the door to legalized polygamy and inter-species marriage. I think those arguments are silly. I don't even think that gay marriage will effect my own marriage. It won't change how I feel about my wife or the vows we took. It may effect my kids' marriage. The LDS Church, at least in it's teachings (I can't vouch for some of the members), does not preach intolerance of homosexuals. It does teach that the central unit of the Kingdom of Heaven if the family and that the family is a mother and a father and there children. Marriage, as taught by the church, is given to us that we may find joy and rejoicing in our posterity. The LDS Church will never allow gay marriages in their temples.
So what happens if the law allows gay marriage? How long will it take for the LDS Church to be sued to allow a gay marriage in their temples. What will the LDS Church do? They won't allow it. Will they stop marriages completely? Being married in the temple to my beloved for time and all eternity was the most tender and meaningful and wonderful moment in my life. I try every day to be worthy of her. I want that for my children.
So, those are my thoughts. I am sure I have offended and I apologize. What I hope for most is calm discourse, though I fear that may never happen.
I think the disconnect you and I have with other people is that we wouldn't think of marrying someone we didn't want to have children with.
A lot of people now marry people they're in love with. I understand love as a motivation for many things, but for me the reason you marry someone you love is because you intend to start a family with them.
|Date:||November 15th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)|| |
Agreed. That's the whole thing the word marriage implies: a contract with each other and with the community-at-large to build and raise a family together, with connections both to your ancestors and to your descendants. Raising children to become contributing members of society. I owe it to my community, I think.
The unfortunate irony of this is that, judging from all the posts I've seen about Prop. 8, if I were to express my views in my blog, at least half of my readers would label me a bigot and hate-monger.