5 comments on “Marriage and Religious Freedom letter signed by the LDS Church

  1. Two problems with this post:

    1) H. David Burton has nothing to do with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which is a tiny Protestant group that broke off from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1844 and today counts roughly 250 members in the Beloit, Wisconsin area (although they don’t know exactly how many, because they don’t keep track). Silly, I know, but a sadly necessary distinction.

    2) The petition signed by Bishop Burton has nothing to do with marriage equality, which the Church has always supported; it has to do with maintaining the definition of the word “marriage,” which no matter how loudly some people protest, includes neither homorrhage, pedorrhage, nor any othe rmanner of -rrhage.


    • Jeff, thanks for giving me the opportunity to clarify. I changed the initials of Bishop Burton’s name and added a link to his Wikipedia page to clarify that I wasn’t writing about H. David Burton of 1844 and was writing about H. David Burton who is Bishop Burton (i.e., the 13th Presiding Bishop of the LDS Church).

      Help me understand how a church that was behind Prop. 8 (and other constitutional amendments in the US that remove marriage benefits from gay and lesbian couples) is supportive of marriage equality: How has the LDS Church supported marriage equality (despite its efforts to change state constitutions)?

  2. I agree that the use or words to separate has consequences that are both subtle and damaging. It’s difficult to imagine an organization that claims to promote goodwill, peace, and the love of Christ would separate people into discriminable, not-equal groups.

    This post is appropriate today of all days as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. He approached the use of any means, including arbitrary, exclusionary language, intended to separate humans from each other as harmful. He said, “If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties… must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”

    Such a perspective I imagine includes respecting the in-born traits of others and ultimately their choices with respect and dignity, even if and especially when we wouldn’t choose the same things.

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Dan. I really like the quotes you shared. And I didn’t even think about how this post was appropriate for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (or Human Rights Day). There must be something in the air 🙂

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