Supreme Court Denies “Cert” – Paves way to Marriage Equality in 10th Circuit
On the day the US Supreme Court decides on equal marriage by staying out of the fray Mormon Church leadership in Salt Lake City, Utah displays a far more nuanced understanding of both democracy and the separation of church and state than the Republican Party in Utah and the country as a whole. In an announcement reported by the New York Times, the church said, ““Nevertheless, respectful coexistence is possible with those with differing values,” the church said in a statement. “As far as the civil law is concerned, the courts have spoken.”
Politicians across the country make appeals to states rights as they lambast the Court’s decision to take a pass on the marriage issue. It is an idea that has its roots in arguments about the origins of the Civil War and to justify Jim Crow laws in the American south. States rights are the last refuge of the scoundrel.
The Mormon Church like any religious body in the United States has absolute authority over its own teachings. I completely respect that the Church teaches that marriage between two men or two women are not ordained by God. I will respect that by not asking the Church to participate in my marriage. In making its statement the Church is respecting my freedom to be married under the laws of the state within which I reside.
What a great day it would be for democracy is the other churches in the country would follow the Mormon’s lead.