The whole same-sex marriage issue honestly gives me a headache to think about these days. But bottom line for me, right now, is that I am supportive of extending equal rights to same-sex couples - allowing them to be a "spouse" for insurance purposes through work, etc., or haivng rights at the hospital when their partner is there and sick or dying, and so on. I also do my best to not judge same-sex couples just based on the doctrine that homosexuality is wrong, but following Pres. Hinckley's comments about loving them equally without condoning their actions. But it's a struggle for me to actually implement that idea into every-day conversations, especially when I run into a same-sex partner say, at a playgroup. I enjoy their company and their personality, but when the conversation turns to their relationship, I find myself at a loss for words, not knowing the appropriate way to converse. Anyway, while I would support social rights, I would not support marriage. My mind tends to think about Book of Mormon stories, and societies there slipping away into evil. While I don't want to "limit" the choices of others, I do feel I have a right to steer society in the direction I feel is "righteous", so that myself and my children can gain blessings promised to us if the people in this land would remain righteous, by using my vote to say no to changes that would more easily allow practices against not only our doctrine, but Heavenly Father's design for mankind. I personally feel like voting for same-sex marriage would be condoning it. And while every person has their God-given agency, I don't want the society I live in to become a Sodom and Gomorrah. This is my home, too. But allowing civil rights to be extended to those same couples would allow them equal rights and priveleges as the rest of society, taking away undue hardships, without actually condoning the relationship. At least that's my take on it.
And also, I'm no history buff, nor a Constitution buff, but doesn't the current, unamended constitution say something about marriage being between a man and a woman? Or is it ambiguous? I'm under the impression that it says man and woman, but a quick google didn't help me out, and I've got a couple kids ready for bed. But if it does say man/woman like I'm thinking it does, I'm really not in favor of amending the constitution, since I believe it is a divinely inspired document.
FWIW, I don't think I have ever heard of official church involvement/encouragement with any legal questions regarding this topic. That turn of discussion has interested me.
And very quickly, since I really do need to go put the kiddos to bed, I relay emails for my DH for his Cub Scouts calling. One brother happened to mention that his schedule would be iffy since his daughter, who I believe is about 1yo, came down with a case of whooping cough. First person I've actually known in real life to catch it, not just news stories or "outbreak" scares or anything like that. And with DS completely unvaccinated, and me pregnant, it caught my attention. I'm thinking it's definitely not something I'm going to try to have DS catch at this point in time (isn't immunity very touch-and-go with this particular disease anyway?), but I do wonder, with how wards and illnesses tend to to work, if it's something we might end up being more easily exposed to because of situations or not. And actually, I was diagnosed with bronchitis way back when I was pg with my 1st, but since I've learned more about WC, I've wondered if perhaps it was not bronchitis at all, but WC. Random out-loud thoughts.