Just in case you were confused, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reiterated recently that gay marriage and gay sex will send folks right to hell. Like, directly to hell.
Despite the shifting opinion of same-sex marriage in 17 American states, including Utah where the conversation has vacillated from illegal to legal to illegal again and now under review, Mormon church leader Neil L. Andersen, an elder in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, made his position clear, writes the LA Times.
“While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not," Andersen said in his remarks, which warned of "whirlwinds" that would test Mormons' adherence to the church's socially conservative theology.
Speaking of out-dated, the Mormon church is also holding onto antiquated gender roles, like forbidding women the priesthood or the ability to become a leader in their church, and their female parishioners want change.
The Mormon faith is also famous for another non-traditional marriage unit themselves, the plural marriage. While the church officially stopped sanctioning polygamy back in 1890, there are still offshoots of the Mormon faith engaging in the practice right now. Remember the polygamist Kody Brown from TLC's Sister Wives who’s suing to enjoy his plural marriage legally?
Back in Utah, the state’s conservative contingent is still fighting to keep their ban on same-sex marriage and oral arguments are slated to go before the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.
I’m thinking gay marriage might take a little while longer to pull older Mormon leaders like Andersen to the other side, but it's coming.
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