Thursday, January 29, 2015

Passionate, Moderate, Cultural Wars?

Your guess is as good as mine. There is something happening here. I'm not quite sure what it is.

My views on the Culture Wars have been expressed on this blog. I don't have all the answers. But my attempts to be moderate have liberalized me for the most part, but not entirely. Mainly, I've just tried to stay out of it.

This week, there was a press conference on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Elder Todd D. Cristofferson, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, and Sister Neill Marriott.  You can see it all and other information at Mormon Newsroom.

And here is a YouTube version I can add here:

Or if you prefer, here is a one-minute summary by Elder Christofferson:

And then, Elders Oaks and Christofferson appeared on Trib Talk, in a less-rehearsed question and answer:

So, there it is. 

We lost the political, legal, and cultural war over plural marriage over a century ago. Let's see how this one goes.

Oh, and I strongly maintain that same-sex marriage is not a slippery slope to polygamy or even worse. The reason is that polygamy is despised on both the right and the left and even the middle. Unlike same-sex marriage, there is no state that has or is ever likely to have, a majority that favors polygamy. (J. Wadddoups's in-your-face ruling being the sole, activist court going that far).

The best argument why same-sex marriage is likely to prevail in the Supreme Court is the full faith and credit or equal protection one state owes to the US Citizens who may have moved there from another state where their marriage is legal. That may be the best way to a majority in the Supreme Court without declaring same-sex marriage a fundamental right. States won't have to perform same-sex unions, but they would have to respect those entered elsewhere - even in states under current judicial mandate. What Utah and the LDS Church do after that is beyond me.

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