Originally Posted by green betty
You say you believe Mormonism is true. You say you are pro-gay rights. Since LDS doctrine states that homosexuality is a sin, those statements contradict one another.
No they absolutely do not. I know this has been hashed out here and elsewhere but the belief that you can't disagree with the way a person lives their life on a religious basis and still stand for the rights of that person is ridiculous and narrow. People are not going to give up their beliefs. But the point is they shouldn't have to- no more than anyone else should have to give up their rights. Saying that is no better than saying Sally has no right to marry May. Beliefs are not the issue here the issue is forcing those beliefs on others. As long as people can keep it in their churches and homes they should be allowed them. Or do you not truly believe in freedom for all?
Beyond that the LDS church's tithes go to far more than battling gay rights like my tax dollars do. I disagreed wholeheartedly with the "war on terror" but I continued to contribute to my nation. Why? Because I believe in my nation and that for all that it has done wrong in my eyes it has done good and will continue to do so. I give to the LDS church to feed the hungry and provide for those in need and to also maintain our buildings and temples. If I could pick and choose I would but I can't. And that's just it- why should I cut off my organizations nose to spite it's face when it has still done so much? As for why I tithe and not give to some other charity because I have seen with my own eyes and severed with my own hands what my tithe dollars do for those within my faith and without.
Again to make this about picking sides is to return to the 5th grade playground. As adults we need to face that sometimes things are not perfect and will not fit perfectly and neatly into the packaging of our choice. So what do we do? We work for the ideal. I will not throw my hands up in the air.
If only life were that black and white. But it's just not.
And as for do I say it in front of my congregation- yes they know where my husband and I stand. So does our Bishop.