Thursday, January 17, 2013

What is a "Family"?

From column:
he 182nd Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormons) started with the leaders of the Church reaffirming the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage. Latter-day Saints Apostle Dallin Oaks confirmed the church’s belief that being gay is abnormal and that gay sex is sinful, though he added that teens struggling with their sexuality need “loving understanding.” He strongly discouraged raising children with same-sex parents, saying that it is disadvantagous for children to be raised by couples of the same gender, and calling such unions a “social experiment.”
Such blatant disdain and “misunderstanding” of what is a family is nothing new from certain religious communities. It is a striking condemnation and warning coming from a gentleman whose faith community has a long, rich, and recent history of supporting polygamous families. The LDS, the Family Research Council (FRC), and the American Family Association (AFA), along with Southern Baptists and the Roman Catholic Church dare all equally critical of families with children and same-sex parents. It is less than “uplifting” to read that my partner, the mother of our children, and my children have been part of a “social experiment” that is somehow “abnormal” and “sinful” simply because of who we are as human beings, and not even connected to any intentional or unintentional action on anyone’s part.

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