Posted on August 9, 2010 by Joe O.
Something is wrong, here. It’s suddenly become very normal to talk about marriage as a “right” and a “freedom” and that seems to me a rather impoverished way of talking about marriage. And yet, though one side (those opposed to gay marriage) often disagrees on marriage being a “right”, neither side can seem to get past this issue.
The “right” to be self-fulfilled
Let me try to articulate what I’m talking about: by talking about marriage as a freedom and a right, people are essentially drawing on a narrative like the very one I grew up with: when I marry, I want someone to whom I am physically and sexually attracted; I want someone who treats me well (in part because of their attraction to me) and who helps me reach my full potential as a person (can take me to the temple, etc); I want someone who cares for me like I care for them, who I can keep secrets with and who will share my life with me. I want… I want… I want…
Filed under: Politics, Relationships | Tagged: Celestial Kingdom, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, eternal marriage, gay marriage, gay marriage debate, Gender, marriage, marriage fulfillment, Mormons, Proposition 8, right to marriage, same-sex marriage, self-fulfillment, sexuality | 9 Comments »
Posted on September 21, 2009 by Dennis
Elder Hafen recently gave (at an Evergreen conference) what I consider to be a wonderful speech concerning same-sex attraction and gay marriage. It is linked on the LDS Newsroom. This speech is probably the most well-balanced and well-informed article on same-sex marriage by an LDS general authority.
Then, to my dismay, I came across this post at FMH, in which ECS criticizes Hafen’s speech, in particular his use of references. But the FMH post itself is misleading and needs to be critiqued.
Filed under: Politics, Relationships, Science | Tagged: APA resolution on reparative therapy, APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation, Bruce C. Hafen, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, DSM, Evergreen, Feminist Mormon Housewives, gays and lesbians, homosexuality, Latter-day Saints, Mormons, psychological treatment, Wall Street Journal | 76 Comments »
Posted on July 9, 2009 by Dennis
A friend of mine is piloting a survey about political reasoning. I encourage you to take it. It only takes a few minutes and I think you’ll find it to be interesting (much better than all those lame Facebook quizzes).
Click here to take the survey.
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Posted on June 27, 2009 by Dennis
There is currently a petition to the First Presidency to apologize on behalf of the Church for “official statements, rhetoric, policy and practice” that “have been injurious to gays and lesbians and their families and friends.”
First, I should say that in many ways I respect this petition. There clearly is a self-conscious attempt to address reconciliation without demanding the Church change its moral position on homosexuality or its political position on gay marriage. There has been a genuine effort, I think, to actually try to make inroads with the Church. I especially like the line, “We believe that people of good will may have differing views about homosexuality, while maintaining amicable relationships.” Yes–let’s hope this is true.
Filed under: Politics, Relationships | Tagged: accusation, apology, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, First Presidency, gay marriage, gays, homosexuality, LDS, LDS Church, LDSApology.org, lesbians, Mormons, petition, Prop 8, reconciliation, Reconciliation Petition Request to the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, same-sex marriage | 46 Comments »
Posted on May 26, 2009 by Dennis
Today, the California Supreme Court upheld Prop 8 while leaving previous same-sex marriages intact.
My question is: What difference will the Court decision have on criticism of Mormons?
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: bigotry, California, California Proposition 8, California Supreme Court, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gay marriage, gays and lesbians, Latter-day Saints, LDS, Mormon Church, Mormons, Politics, Prop 8, Proposition 8, religious tolerance, same-sex marriage | 24 Comments »
Posted on February 2, 2009 by Dennis
I received the following report in an email newsletter from my friend Don Jarvis (quoted with his permission):
A senior LDS apostle recently told Provoans that “We need to pray for our new president, regardless of party affliction, I mean, affiliation.” Speaking on January 25th in the Provo Tabernacle at the conclusion of an Oak Hills (east Provo) Stake Conference, Apostle M. Russell Ballard spoke warmly of the inauguration, read excerpts from President Obama’s inaugural address, advised members to read it, and said, “I like his emphasis on personal responsibility.” The audience chuckled at the “affliction” slip, but was otherwise unusually hushed and attentive as Elder Ballard voiced his strong support for our the new Democratic President. Continue reading
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: Democrats, Don Jarvis, inauguration, Latter-day Saints, M. Russell Ballard, Mormons, Obama, Obama inaugural address, Politics, Provo, Republicans | 10 Comments »
Posted on November 13, 2008 by Dennis
Since the passage of Proposition 8 in California, there have been several protests aimed at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These protests are of course understandable. California Latter-day Saints did, after all, play a formidable role in donations and phone calling in support of the measure. This participation was formally encouraged by the general leaders of the Church in Salt Lake City. Considering how big of a deal this is for so many same-sex couples and others in support of same-sex marriage, these protests are inevitable and I welcome this exercise of free speech.
What I disagree with, however, is the “stop the hate (H8)” rhetoric. As if everyone in favor of Prop 8 is hateful and bigoted. Especially Mormons. This message is coming off to be awfully disingenuous and overly dramatic, and also sidesteps the major issues that need to be debated. Just because someone is not in favor of gay marriage does not mean they are hateful. Nor does it mean they are bigoted. They simply disagree with you, in terms of what should count for marriage.
Filed under: Politics, Relationships | Tagged: African-Americans, bigotry, blacks, California Proposition 8, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, civil rights, discrimination, equal rights, equality for all, Family, gay marriage, gays, Hispanics, Latter-day Saints, lesbians, marriage, Mormon Church, Mormons, No on 8, Obama, Polygamy, Prop 8, Prop 8 protests, Proposition 8, same-sex marriage, Stop the H8, Yes on 8 | 132 Comments »