Boyd Packer — the Mormon Church leader who just got done saying nobody is born gay and laws giving queers rights must be fought — is the same Quorum of the Twelve president who, in 1977, gave a rousing speech at Bringham Young University advocating against interracial marriage.
Reader Scott points us to this lovely passage, part of a longer story Packer (the church’s second-in-command) delivered about serving in the military and traveling from California to Seattle to Honolulu to the Philippines during World War II, that so succinctly sums up this man’s core.
We’ve always counseled in the Church for our Mexican members to marry Mexicans, our Japanese members to marry Japanese, our Caucasians to marry Caucasians, our Polynesian members to marry Polynesians. The counsel has been wise. You may say again, “Well, I know of exceptions.” I do, too, and they’ve been very successful marriages. I know some of them. You might even say, “I can show you local Church leaders or perhaps even general leaders who have married out of their race.” I say, “Yes–exceptions.” Then I would remind you of that Relief Society woman’s near-scriptural statement, “We’d like to follow the rule first, and then we’ll take care of the exceptions.”
This is the same guy who, in front of Sunday’s audience of 20,000 at the 180th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City (and many more watching via webcast), said that not only can gays change their sexuality, but “the designs of God’s laws and nature” cannot be legislated against. So let’s pay attention to what he has to say on marriage.
In other news, the LDS church just announced church members will, from here on out, be responsible for cleaning up their own shit. Which seems apropos.