Indicating same-sex marriage in MLS?

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Indicating same-sex marriage in MLS?

Postby skfoley » Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:43 am

The recent First Presidency communication is clear regarding the church not being involved in the performance or celebration of same gender marriages. It does not speak to whether those member who do so should/can be be listed as married within MLS and upon church records. I have searched these boards in vain for information on this. Does anyone have a pointer to more information?

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Re: Indicating same-sex marriage in MLS?

Postby lajackson » Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:20 pm

Because the church recognizes marriage "only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as
husband and wife" (The Council of The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, June 29, 2015), I doubt that MLS and LCR will be changed to be able to record a marriage other than between a man and a woman, as at present.

Based on information in and referenced by the Statement, your bishop will be able to answer your specific question about the need to record marriages in LCR, MLS and on other Church records.

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Re: Indicating same-sex marriage in MLS?

Postby johnshaw » Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:50 pm

skfoley, maybe you should talk to your Bishop. :)

BTW, congrats on the wedding this past weekend (totally not related to the question on this board)

We haven't seen a lot of conversation about this on the board and your question is something we'll need to get an answer on at some point. You might run this one up to the Global Support team - membership support. Or, make sure to run it through your Coordinating Committee Area 70.
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Re: Indicating same-sex marriage in MLS?

Postby johnshaw » Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:05 pm

lajackson wrote:Because the church recognizes marriage "only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as
husband and wife" (The Council of The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, June 29, 2015)


I didn't see the term recognize anywhere in the document, the quote you have above is pulled out of a paragraph about sexual relations and not marriage - Am I being offended by a word? Maybe.
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Re: Indicating same-sex marriage in MLS?

Postby russellhltn » Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:32 pm

I believe the church recognizes same-sex marriage as legal. But there are still any number of things, like premarital and extramarital sex, that while legal, can still get a member excommunicated. Since I do not believe that same-sex marriage is a step or even a baby step on the road to salvation, the church may not be interested in recording a non-sexual same-sex marriage.

I have not heard of any guidance being handed down. But I do think the Bishop and/or stake president would be a start. They know who they can call if they have questions. I do suspect that in due time we'll hear something as people try to push the edges of what's allowed.
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