As a sometime member of the LDS Church, I keep asking myself: Why do my leaders continue to embarrass me?
According to Lee Davidson in the SLTrib (18 Sep 2010):
“The power to make laws on personal relationships is one of those powers not granted to the federal government and therefore is reserved to the states,” said (LDS apostle Dallin H.) Oaks, a former Utah Supreme Court justice, during a Constitution Day speech sponsored by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Oaks’ speech was delivered at the Tabernacle on Temple Square, but the event was secular.
Oaks said the “dominance of state law in these personal matters” would be changed if “federal courts could decree that a state law on marriage is invalid under the U.S. Constituion.”
I’m not a constitutional lawyer, but it is my humble opinion that the Bill of Rights is designed to protect the minority from majority decisions that attempt to destroy their rights. Again quoting from the SLTrib:
Clifford Rosky, a University of Utah law professor who is a member of the legal panel for Equality Utah, a gay rights group, disagreed with Oaks. He noted that the Supreme Court in 1967 overturned a Virginia law that had banned interractial marriage.
Does Elder Oaks object to interracial marriage? Was the Supreme Court wrong to “intervene” in the Virginia case? It seems we need to be careful before making blanket statements.
Not to be outdone, Bishop Keith B. McMullin, Second counselor in the LDS Church’s Presiding Bishopric decided to talk about “homosexuality” (Rosemary Winters, SLTrib 20 Sep 2010):
McMullin said people with same-sex attraction should not call themselves “gay,” or “lesbian.” He offered advice to LDS ecclesiastical leaders in the audience of about 200 people (attending Evergreen).
“If someone seeking your help says to you, ‘I am a homosexual,’ or, ‘I’m a lesbian,’ or, ‘I’m gay,’ correct this miscasting,” McMullin said. “Heavenly Father does not speak of his children this way and neither should we. It is simply not true. To speak this way seeds a doubt and deceit about who we really are.”
I’m not sure I understand. Is it okay to characterize oneself as a Lamanite, even if in all probability one is not. How about Afro-American? How about Native American? How about LDS? How about heterosexual? To say that “God does not speak of his children” in this way is probably true. But it has to do with all labels, not just “gay.”