Since the passing of Proposition 8 in California, there has been much criticism of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about its involvement as part of a coalition that worked to help the proposition pass.
However, there are also those who recognize that Mormons, just like any other group or individual, have the right to speak out and get involved on issues that are important to them. You can read some statements of those who have offered there support here.
We here at The Mormon Women Website* wanted to express appreciation to those who have offered their support. We encourage people to remember that clearly it is not just Mormons who have felt strongly about and gotten involved in defending traditional marriage.
We also fully support what our leaders have recently said about the need for civility and respect on both sides of this issue. While we realize that there are those who have exhibited hateful or unkind behavior toward gays, any such behavior is not representative of what we believe (or what we are taught) is appropriate.
We do understand that some will view the Church’s position on Prop 8 as hateful behavior in and of itself. We hope that in time, people can come to see, as they study more about our beliefs and read more from our leaders and their teachings, that hate has never been the motivation for those of us who have supported efforts to protect traditional marriage.
If you would like to understand more of why the Church felt so strongly about this issue, you can find links to resources here. You can view videos on a website the Church created for Proposition 8 here.
*We remind you that while we strive to keep our content consistent with the doctrine and teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this site is not officially affiliated with the Church. For more information about the Church, visit mormon.org. You can also find more official commentary, press releases, and other information at the Church’s Newsroom site.