Why Is My LDS Church Being So Trenchant?

In a recent document to be read to members in July (2015), the LDS Church leadership comments on the recent SCOTUS ruling regarding same-sex marriage:

Consistent with our fundamental beliefs, Church officers will not employ their ecclesiastical authority to perform marriages between two people of the same sex, and the Church does not permit its meetinghouses or other properties to be used for ceremonies, receptions, or other activities associated with same-sex marriages.  Nevertheless, all visitors are welcome to our chapels and premises so long as they respect our standards of conduct while there.

The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to love and treat all people with kindness and civility–even when we disagree.

So we lose the court case (thank goodness), and now we want to continue to discriminate (on religious freedom grounds).  The last sentence above is a mockery of the previous paragraph.  How do we show love and compassion by excluding and discriminating?

The above sounds more like it was written by a corporate lawyer than by representatives of Christ.

Additionally, J.a.t. at Times and Seasons wonders about funerals.  Does the above discrimination extend to funerals?  “I know that there are painful instances of wards refusing to allow a funeral [on] “worthiness” issues, which is so preposterous to me.”  Stay tuned, there is more pain to come.

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