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I have followed closely the religious fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.* While some responses have been bizarre, such as the Rev. Franklin Graham’s comparison of the times to that of the Roman persecution of Christians, others have been more direct.
Here is the statement from the Mormon Church:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledges that following today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriages are now legal in the United States. The Court’s decision does not alter the Lord’s doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God. While showing respect for those who think differently, the Church will continue to teach and promote marriage between a man and a woman as a central part of our doctrine and practice.”
Here’s my take: Religious groups continually pray for God’s love to become visible. Now, as this love is taking form in the overcoming of discrimination against same-sex marriage, many of the faithful, rather than seeing this as an example of prayers being answered, are moaning and groaning as if they have the power to dictate who God chooses to love or not love.
God’s love always lifts up the persecuted and the rejected. That’s how the Christians overcame the Romans.
*According to the Religious News Service, of the 23 major U.S. religious groups in the U.S., seven have approved the Supreme Court’s ruling; seven have taken no stand; and nine have opposed it.