Today is the last day of LDS General Conference — a time when Mormons all over the world get together and listen to their leaders talk on a range of faith-based topics. Among those topics are commitment and love and how to improve relationships with your spouse. LDS leaders give advice to men: listen to your wives, support them, help them, love them, etc. They give advice to women: listen to your husbands, support them, help them, love them, etc.
Seeing posts by friends on social media about General Conference makes me wonder something I think is important for a church that’s on the record against same-sex marriage and relationship. Do these same principles apply for gay couples? Senator Heigi Heitkamp of North Dakota has an answer:
“The importance of families is enduring”.
Researcher John Gottman also has an answer:
“Gay and lesbian relationships operate on essentially the same principles as heterosexual relationships”
The belief that gay and straight relationships operate on the same principles of love and commitment is the inspiration of these messages.