I am a Latter Day Saint.
I've been struggling since President Obama's "announcement" yesterday. I'm not an Obama supporter to begin with, and even more so I'm not now. I've been struggling because I have many many friends who do support gay marriage, and so it's a topic I avoid. I haven't wanted to offend anyone. I haven't wanted to hear what they have to say regarding my belief that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God.
I've spent much of today reading and thinking and being uplifted in my faith and by others of other faiths, but who share my basic beliefs. And finally realized, that I was putting the opinions of others before God. A blogger I follow posted this on facebook and had numerous people unlike her page, which was really funny because she's a "biblical womanhood" blogger, so how could they expect otherwise? And it took me a while, but I shared it too, because it's an important topic right now. And I have not been sharing the Gospel as I should. I'm not the type to shove my beliefs down someone else's throat, but I realize my friends no longer just automatically know what I believe. Back in high school people used to even tell other kids off just for using cuss words around me. If the class was going to be watching an R rated movie, someone else would inform the teacher I needed a library assignment instead, because my friends -who were not of my religion- KNEW what I believed and what my values and morals were.
That's not the case anymore. I've become to compliant. I haven't wanted to rock the boat because...well I don't know why. My belief's haven't changed, but I know the reactions my friends will have, have changed.
I do not support gay marriage. I'm not bigoted. I'm not homophobic. I simply believe that homosexuality is na sin like any other behavioral sin. I sin too, just differently. As Elder Jeffery R Holland said to someone struggling with same-gender attraction, “You serve yourself poorly when you identify yourself primarily by your sexual feelings. That isn’t your only characteristic, so don’t give it disproportionate attention. You are first and foremost a son of God, and He loves you.
“What’s more, I love you. My Brethren among the General Authorities love you. I’m reminded of a comment President Boyd K. Packer made in speaking to those with same-gender attraction. ‘We reject you,’ he said. ‘… We reject you, for you are the sons and daughters of God. We reject you, because we love you.’”
And this is what I believe regarding marriage and family units.