If the Catholic Church says it is not right to speak ill of ones neighbor, and is outspoken about it in the media, are they taking away any one's agency to gossip? I think most would say no. The pontiff may not be happy with your blog on Brenda's bad hair color, but it is your choice just the same.
Do the Catholics still have the right to speak out against speaking ill towards ones neighbors? Do they have the right to say no to that on principal?
How about the gossipers or one who reserves the right to say what he wants about Brenda's hair color. Do they have the right to protest the churches stance on gossiping?
This isn't really working, is it? It's to simplistic. Of course I am trying to make the comparison to the LDS church and their stance against Gay marriage in the church.
Right off the bat one could say that no one is trying to affect laws that would dis-allow gossip. It is considered free speech -- free speech that some would not take part in -- but free speech all the same. In a similar fashion the LDS church is not currently pursuing any same sex marriage legislation after prop 8.
From what I saw, once the courts disallowed the vote based on constitutional right, the church followed article of faith nine and accepted the law of the land.
The LDS church says that they don't believe that gays should be allowed to marry.
- They have the right to speak out.
- Others have the right to protest their opinion.
- Mormons have the right to not allow gays full fellowship in their organization.
- Others have the right to choose their religion and there are many that don't even have full fellowship in their vernacular.
It seems to me that there are few possible scenarios for the future.
1) The LDS church changes its doctrine and allows gays to marry in the temple. This would involve instruction from the Head of the Church. The real Head of the Church. Mormons believe in revelation from the Lord. For a doctrinal change the line of authority would be followed. This would be monumental.
2) New knowledge would be received and taught to the church leaders and then directly to the general membership that would make plain current doctrine . Mormons believe that God will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. Is there more information available concerning gay marriage?
3) The LDS church is forced by US law to allow gay marriages. This seems to be the doomsday church leaders reasonable foresee - the reason I believe that there is a push for religious rights to be acknowledged and maintained. But before this scenario could happen, members would be required to marry civilly and later get sealed in the temple. Hanging by a thread, anyone?
Article of Faith 11: We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.