Equality Utah takes LDS Church at its word

Primary Contacts:                                                               
For Immediate Release

    Mike Thompson, Executive Director                                              Monday, November 10, 2008

Cell: 801.879.8880


Stephanie Pappas, Board Chair

Cell:  801.450.0660


Other Contacts:

Senator Scott McCoy – Cell: 801.809.3566

Representative Christine Johnson – Cell:  801.661.3489

Equality Utah announces Press Conference for Noon Monday

 Equality Utah will ask the LDS Church to demonstrate its conviction on rights for same-sex couples.


            Time:                          Noon

Location:        Equality Utah Office

                        175 West 200 South, Suite 3001 – third floor, Salt Lake City


Throughout the recent election cycle, the LDS Church has demonstrated its willingness to participate in political issues by asking its members to do all they can do, including donating their means and their time, to support California’s Proposition 8, which amended the state constitution and eliminated same-sex couples right to marry by defining marriage as between a man and a woman.


The LDS Church has articulated it is not “anti-gay” but rather pro-marriage and it “does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights.” On November 5th, Elder L. Whitney Clayton stated the LDS Church does not oppose “civil unions or domestic partnerships.”  In response to these statements, Equality Utah is drafting legislation for the 2009 General Session of the Utah Legislature to address each of the issues mentioned by the LDS Church.


During this press conference Equality Utah will be asking the LDS Church to demonstrate its conviction on these statements as well as its willingness to secure such rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Utahns.


Today we have a great opportunity before us to begin to bridge the divide between the gay community and the LDS community and to seek out common ground.  I take LDS Church leaders at their word that they are not anti-gay and that they sincerely understand that gay and transgender individuals and their families are in need of certain legal protections and basic benefits.  I appreciate their statements that they do not oppose legal protections for gay people like those already enacted in California law that do not conflict with their genuinely held beliefs about marriage.  This is our chance to come together and work to enact basic legal protections for gay Utahns.  I am hopeful that the LDS Church will accept our invitation to heal our communities by bringing its considerable social and political influence to bear in support of laws that prevent discrimination and provide for the legitimate needs of all Utahns and their families.

 ~Senator Scott McCoy






California and Same-Sex Marriage

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


June 30, 2008




The Divine Institution of Marriage – Introduction

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


August 13, 2008




Church Responds to Same-Sex Marriage Votes

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


November 5, 2008



Mormon Leaders Urge Respect for Foes in Gay-Marriage Debate

The Salt Lake Tribune

Brooke Adams

November 5, 2008



LDS Official Lauds Work for California’s Prop. 8
Deseret News

Carrie A. Moore

November 6, 2008


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