Mor­mons af­firm mar­riage be­liefs

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

Mor­mon lead­ers have once again used their bian­nual con­fer­ence to out­line the faith’s com­mit­ment to the be­lief that mar­riage is an in­sti­tu­tion ex­clu­sive to a man and a woman.

L. Tom Perry, a high­rank­ing church leader, cau­tioned Mor­mons not to be swayed by me­dia and en­ter­tain­ment that he said make the mi­nor­ity seem like the ma­jor­ity.

Perry said strong “tra­di­tional” fam­i­lies are the ba­sic units of a sta­ble so­ci­ety, econ­omy and val­ues. He said the Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints would con­tinue to lead on the is­sue. “We want our voice to be heard against all of the coun­ter­feit and al­ter­na­tive life­styles that try to re­place the fam­ily or­ga­ni­za­tion that God Him­self es­tab­lished,” said Perry, a mem­ber of the faith’s Quo­rum of the Twelve.

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