Mormon leader reaffirms faith's opposition to gay marriage
Published September 30, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY – A top Mormon leader reaffirmed the religion's opposition to same-sex marriage on Saturday during a church conference — and reminded followers watching around the world that children should be raised in families led by a married man and woman no matter what becomes the norm in a "declining world."
The speech by Dallin H. Oaks, a member of a top governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, followed a push in recent years by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to uphold theological opposition to gay marriage amid widespread social acceptance while trying to foster an empathetic stance toward LGBT people.
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Dallin H. Oaks, in the image to the right, spoke during the morning session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Salt Lake City.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Oaks acknowledged that this belief can put Mormons at odds with family and friends and doesn't match current laws, including the recent legalization of gay marriage in the United States. But he told the nearly 16-million members watching around the world that the religion's 1995 document detailing the doctrine — "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" — isn't a policy statement that will be changed.
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