Friday, May 15, 2009

Open Letter to LDS Leaders

This appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune a few days ago. Amazing.
Last Wednesday, when Gov. John E. Baldacci signed the law granting gay marriage in Maine, he said:
"I did not come to this decision lightly. ... I opposed gay marriage [but] I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law. ... The Maine Constitution states that 'no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor be denied the equal protection of the laws, nor be denied the enjoyment of that person's civil rights or be discriminated against.' ... This new law does not force any religion to recognize a marriage that falls outside of its beliefs. ... Instead, it ... guarantees that Maine citizens will be treated equally under Maine's civil marriage laws, and that is the responsibility of government. ... My responsibility is to uphold the Constitution and do ... what is right."
I plead with Mormon leaders and members to emulate the reluctant governor of Maine, to ponder and study out in their minds just what "equal protection" means, and then fast and pray about giving gays the same justice you have begged for throughout your history. Do what is right!
Greg Reggio
Pleasant View


jeanenemarie said...

Oh, this is soooo good, and so needed. Can't believe church leaders don't support equal civil rights when their ancestors were denied theirs. Wake up folks, it's in the Constitution!

Rebecca said...

I've got to admire people who are still trying to get the LDS church to change. I'm way past bitter about it, and have written the whole organization off completely. Prove me wrong, Mormons!