The Mormon Church Has Come Out in Favor of Same-sex Marriage

The Mormon Church Has Come Out in Favor of Same-sex Marriage: On Tuesday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints added its voice to the chorus of conservative groups endorsing federal legislation to protect same-sex marriages.

Equal-Sex Marriage Has Received Support from the Mormon Church

On Tuesday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took a stand in favor of a proposed law that would safeguard marriages between people of the same sexual orientation.

After a group of senators from both parties unveiled a deal that included updated language to assuage the concerns of Republican senators regarding religious liberty, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) has set a vote on the bill, which has been dubbed the Respect for Marriage Act, for this coming week.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement in which it said, “The doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pertaining to marriage between a man and a woman is well known and will remain unchanged.”

The statement went on to say, “We are grateful for the continuous efforts of those who fight to ensure that the Respect for Marriage Act provides sufficient protections for religious freedom while honoring the law and maintaining the rights of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.” “We feel that this strategy is the best way to move forward.”

This statement marks a shift from the church’s position in 2008 when it strongly supported efforts to pass Proposition 8 in California. That proposition required the state to recognize only marriages between a man and a woman in an effort to prevent officials from granting same-sex marriage licenses. The church has now issued a statement in opposition to that proposition.

Tammy Baldwin (Democrat-Wisconsin), Susan Collins (Republican-Maine), Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat-Arizona), Rob Portman (Republican-Ohio), and Thom Tillis (Republican-North Carolina) released an updated version of the Respect for Marriage Act on Monday, indicating that they had enough votes to break the Senate filibuster after it was delayed until after the midterm elections.

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After the Supreme Court invalidated abortion safeguards in late June, efforts were made to approve the legislation that would have replaced them.

Justice Clarence Thomas indicated in a concurring opinion that he believed the court should examine other cases rooted in the same constitutional issue as the abortion case. These cases include the court’s landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges 2015, which struck down same-sex marriage bans nationwide. Thomas indicated that he believed the court should examine these cases.

The bill would require the federal government to recognize a marriage if it was valid in the state where it was performed and would guarantee that valid marriage are given full faith and credit in other states. Additionally, the bill would require the federal government to recognize a marriage if it was valid in the state where it was performed.

The senators also indicated that the new version of the bill would clarify protections for religious freedom. Specifically, they indicated that language confirming that nonprofit religious organizations would not be required to provide any services or facilities for a marriage would be included in the bill to clarify this provision.

In order for the measure to be passed by the Senate, it will require the backing of ten Republicans. This is assuming that all Democrats will vote in favor of the proposal.

Earlier on in this year, the House of Representatives gave its approval to a variant of the plan that differed somewhat from the one that ultimately became law. This bill had the backing of almost 50 Republicans in the House.

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