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12/22/2013

LDS Church issues very muted rebuke of Utah's newfound marriage equality

by Jeremy Hooper

Same-sex couples are marrying in Utah as we speak, and the state Attorney General's request for an emergency stay was denied. So as to be expected, the LDS Church is speaking out about what's happening in Salt Lake and all around the state.

What I find notable, however, is how light of a condemnation they are offering up. This is it, in full:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement Friday after a court ruling on same-sex marriage in Utah:

The Church has been consistent in its support of traditional marriage while teaching that all people should be treated with respect. This ruling by a district court will work its way through the judicial process. We continue to believe that voters in Utah did the right thing by providing clear direction in the state constitution that marriage should be between a man and a woman and we are hopeful that this view will be validated by a higher court.

Church Statement on Court Ruling Regarding Same-Sex Marriage in Utah [LDS.org]

That's it? From the church that did so much to give us Prop 8? That's all we get—"hope" that a higher court will strike it down?

I mean, awesome; I ain't complaining. But the lack of outrage does seem wort mentioning. It's just further evidence of how far we've come, how much we've gained, and how much we've won this national conversation. May 2014 see clocks that continue to run the right way.

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