"As Church members decide their own appropriate level of involvement in protecting marriage between a man and a woman, they should approach this issue with respect for others, understanding, honesty, and civility."
[For the full article, see here.]
So, "intimate relations are proper only between a husband and a wife united in the bonds of matrimony," but the LDS Church is seeking to deprive same-sex couples of the right to marry. Therefore, if we follow this logic, the LDS Church, beyond discriminating against Gay people, is encouraging and facilitating fornication by actively encouraging its members to both speak out against same-sex marriage and to vote against Proposition 8 in California (and similar propositions in other states), that seek to end discrimination against same-sex couples.
"The Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility towards homosexual men and women." What does that mean? If consigning Gay people to second class citizenship, denying them basic civil rights that heterosexuals enjoy, and demeaning their relationships doesn't constitute and endorse hostility, what does? If such a stance isn't the epitome of "hostility," then that term ceases to have any meaning!
"Protecting marriage between a man and a woman does not affect Church members' Christian obligations of love, kindness and humanity toward all people." How is it possible to maintain this disconnect, this "cognitive dissonance," by both advocating discrimination against same-sex couples who wish to make a lifetime commitment to each other on the one hand and at the same time maintaining that they are encouraging and exhibiting "Christian obligations of love, kindness, and humanity toward all people?" Aren't Gay people considered "people" by these false prophets of exclusion? If this is their stance concerning "love, kindness, and humanity," then they can keep this perversion of both Christianity and logic to themselves! Especially given the LDS Church's history of marital and sexual relations, they are the last group to lecture anyone on the virtues of "traditional marriage."
"Church members should approach this issue with respect for others, understanding, honesty, and civility." Give me a break! This sanctimonious drivel, and downright distortion of the truth, and the willful ignorance of the damaging consequences of their rhetoric and current and historical advocacy of discrimination, consigns the stance of the LDS Church regarding same-sex marriage to the dung heap of cynicism and manipulation, that is also inhabited by all professing Christians and clergy who advocate discrimination and the oppression of Gay people.