The summer of 2013 provided our family with some experiences that opened my eyes to international events that promote the disintegration of the natural family and values that create strong societies. I decided it was time for me to STAND UP and speak up for what I believe.
I believe that the natural family (father, mother, married to each other, with children) is the foundation of strong, functional, happy societies. When the family crumbles, so will our society and prosperity.
I have seen first-hand, on both a personal level and an international level, the consequences of broken families and disintegrating societies.
I will never vote to approve or promote same-sex marriage. I will never support public education materials that do so, either. For years I have been interested in scholarly social science research reviews, and I am convinced that not only from a religious and moral standpoint, but also from a purely logical, sociological, statistical standpoint, same-sex marriage is not good for individuals, children, or society.
The following citations (from the article linked below) summarizes my personal feelings about handling differences of opinion on this topic:
“Marriage between a man and a woman was instituted by God and is central to His plan for His children and for the well-being of society. Strong families, guided by a loving mother and father, serve as the fundamental institution for nurturing children, instilling faith, and transmitting to future generations the moral strengths and values that are important to civilization and crucial to eternal salvation.
“Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established. God expects us to uphold and keep His commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society. His law of chastity is clear: sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife. We urge you to review and teach Church members the doctrine contained in ‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World.’
“Just as those who promote same-sex marriage are entitled to civility, the same is true for those who oppose it. The Church insists on its leaders’ and members’ constitutionally protected right to express and advocate religious convictions on marriage, family, and morality free from retaliation or retribution. The Church is also entitled to maintain its standards of moral conduct and good standing for members.” (emphasis added)
If you would like more information on how you can address this topic, you can visit these websites:
- Family Watch International prepared a video containing information about same-sex attraction and has more information on other family-related topics (abortion, pornography, sexual rights). I read the book Stand for the Family by Sharon Slater (available on the website or Amazon.com) and highly recommend it to parents, grandparents, educators, and other concerned adults.
To read posts I have written about standing for the traditional (“natural”) family, simply type “stand” in the category search box (found after the question in the right side bar, “What do you want to nurture?”).