Michele Bachmann is done fighting over marriage equality. Last week, the lame duck congresswoman called the issue “boring” and suggested that God personally phoned her to say it was time to give it up. Now it appears members of the Mormon church may be throwing in the towel as well.
While speaking at the 184th semi-annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, Dallin H. Oaks shocked the crowd with some rather disappointing news: Mormons may be losing the legal battle against same-sex marriage. Horrified gasps and cries of agony could be heard all across the auditorium.
“Like the savior, his followers are sometimes confronted by sinful behavior,” Oaks, who is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, preached. “And today, when they hold out for right and wrong as they understand it, they are sometimes called bigots and fanatics.”
He continued: “Prominent among these today is the strong tide that is legalizing same-sex marriage in many states, provinces in the United States and Canada and in many countries around the world.”
Well, after today’s landmark SCOTUS announcement, it appears Oaks was right. This morning the court rejected appeals from five states hoping to prohibit same-sex marriage — Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin — which means gay marriage is now legal in 30 of the U.S. states.
Oaks, it seems, predicted this might happen, and so he told his fellow Mormons on Saturday: “When our positions do not prevail, we should accept unfavorable results graciously, and practice civility with our adversaries.”
Will he and his fellow Mormons practice what he preached? That remains to be seen.