Mormon Church: Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Raises 'Troubling Questions'

Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 01:10 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The Mormon Church says the Supreme Court's rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 present "troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates."

"Regardless of the court decision, the Church remains irrevocably committed to strengthening traditional marriage between a man and a woman, which for thousands of years has proven to be the best environment for nurturing children," the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints said in a statement Wednesday.

"Notably, the court decision does not change the definition of marriage in nearly three fourths of the states."

In two historic decisions on Wednesday, the court ruled 5-4 to eliminate part of DOMA and uphold the ruling of a California court that overturned the Golden State's ban on gay marriage.

The court ruling on DOMA is expected to clear the path for legally married same-sex couples to be eligible for tax, pension, and health benefits.

In the case of Proposition 8, the court found anti-gay marriage activists who placed it on state ballots had no constitutional authority to defend the law in federal courts after the state refused to appeal its loss at trial.

"By ruling that supporters of Proposition 8 lacked standing to bring this case to court, the Supreme Court has highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates,'' the church said.

"Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their government will not defend or protect a popular vote that reflects the views of a majority of their citizens.

"In addition, the effect of the ruling is to raise further complex jurisdictional issues that will need to be resolved."




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