While the Mormon Church has taken much more of a hands-off approach on marriage equality than it did in California in 2008, don’t think for a minute Church leaders are happy about our progress. At the Church’s biannual conference in (where else?) Salt Lake City, Apostle Dallin Oaks made it clear that the Mormon hierarchy still doesn’t like the LGBT community very much. Or at all.
Law cannot “make moral what God has declared immoral,” Oaks said. Just in case you had any doubt about what Oaks was talking about, he condemned “political and social pressures for legal and policy changes to establish behaviors contrary to God’s decrees about sexual morality and the eternal nature and purposes of marriage and child-bearing.”
Of course, the pertinent issue is how the Mormon Church is fighting those “political and social pressures.” The clearest example is in Hawaii, which has a large LDS presence. There the church is taking a less aggressive approach to fighting the forthcoming legislative vote on marriage equality. So even if the rhetoric hasn’t changed, perhaps the will power has, and in politics that is game, set and match.