"...Behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise" --Alma 37:6

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage

This topic is difficult to broach simply because of the hypersensitivity surrounding the issue and the modern desire to remain politically correct. During studies for a recent course regarding successful marriages and families, this topic came up.

An article entitled, "An LDS Family Law Professor's Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage" by Lynn D. Wardle , as evidenced by its title discussed the ever-sensitive issue. 

Wardle began her article with, 

"Future historians will likely identify the public policy controversies of the past two decades concerning the legal definition of marriage as the defining social issue for this generation of Americans."

So, this is our defining moment. How do we want this moment to define us?

Wardle continues by saying, "Marriage is the well-spring of social capital - those intangible resources that contribute to a strong society, economy, and nation - in any community...Economists emphasize the importance of trust that facilitates exchange...of social engagement, willingness to serve, and charity."

Economists are citing the importance of trust, willingness to serve, and charity. We have heard those terms before from the scriptures. We are taught that charity is the pure love of Christ. We are taught that with willingness to serve, comes humility, hope, love, faith, and truth. With trust comes blessings beyond measure. 

What does all this have to do with same-sex marriage? John Witte states, "A breakdown of marriage and the family will eventually have devastating consequences on these larger social institutions." What does he mean? Wardle continues the thought with, "When the institution of marriage disintegrates, the transmission and inculcation of the root paradigms and core values of a society also disintegrate."

Same-sex marriage is simply one example of how the family and marriage are being broken down and torn apart. The true nature of families is integral to the strength of the society. You break or remove one part and the rest falls apart. True marriages and families are the capstone of our society and community. Remove the capstone and the arch falls apart and can't hold itself together. 

The above article referenced is found in the book,

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