Tuesday July 13, 2010

Argentinean Mormons Reminded of Opposition to Gay ‘Marriage’

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

BUENOS AIRES, July 13, 2010 ( – In anticipation of the July 14 vote on legalizing homosexual “marriage” in Argentina’s Senate, the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon) have issued a letter reaffirming the doctrine that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The Argentinean Chamber of Deputies, the nation’s lower legislative house, approved a bill to legalize homosexual “marriage” in May. The bill then passed to the nation’s Senate.

In a single-paragraph letter dated July 6 and read on Sunday to all Mormon congregations in Argentina, the church’s First Presidency said the doctrine is “absolutely clear: that marriage is between a man and a woman and is ordained of God.”

The letter, signed by LDS President Thomas S. Monson and his counselors, Presidents Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf, encourages members to review the LDS document “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” a 1995 statement that proclaims traditional marriage as a sacred institution ordained by God and the family as the fundamental unit of society.

Deseret News reports that though the LDS Church has taken no official position on the legislation being considered by the Argentinean senate, the letter is a response to “concerns raised by proposed legislation that would change the definition of marriage in the South American nation.”

The Mormons, with more than 13 million members worldwide, were active in defeating same-sex marriage initiatives across the U.S., with crucial Mormon participation in the 2008 campaign to stop same-sex “marriage” in California (the Proposition 8 campaign).

The full text of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” is available here.

See related LSN coverage:

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Argentinean Evangelicals Protest Against Homosexual ‘Marriage’

Catholic Bishops Fight Back as Gay ‘Marriage’ Advances in Argentina