Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"Does Not Oppose Civil Unions"

I can understand the frustration that leads Avarosis of AMERICABlog, a blogger and social activist with a successful history of organizing in support of gay rights (just ask Colorado), but I think boycott's and direct attacks on religious institutions are ineffective, and sometimes even counter productive. I much prefer the tactics exhibited by Equality Utah, cleverly calling the LDS Church's bluff on supporting equality without a redefinition of marriage. Full press release via SLCSpin:

The LDS Church has articulated it is not “anti-gay” but rather pro-marriage and it “does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights.” On November 5th, Elder L. Whitney Clayton stated the LDS Church does not oppose “civil unions or domestic partnerships.” In response to these statements, Equality Utah is drafting legislation for the 2009 General Session of the Utah Legislature to address each of the issues mentioned by the LDS Church.

During this press conference Equality Utah will be asking the LDS Church to demonstrate its conviction on these statements as well as its willingness to secure such rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Utahns.


  1. I haven't been able to find a transcript where Elder Clayton said those exact words. Do you know where I might find it?

    Change comes slowly, but it does come.

  2. I don't think its a bluff. This was the Church's position before Election day according to the information provided on their website regarding preserving marriage. Did the Church oppose SLC's domestic registry? It has one, right?

  3. allie, here's a link.

    barbara, i think it's calling their bluff in so much as while it may be their position, they aren't actively pushing for legislation. saying you support it is one thing, actively trying to make it happen is another.

  4. Thanks for the link. I don't read the Des. News, so I hadn't seen that.

    I'm glad to see that the church is softening it's stance on the issue. In the interview with Elder Oaks and Elder Wickman that's posted on the LDS Newsroom site, it says that they view civil unions or domestic partnerships as the same thing as same sex marriage.

    I don't see this as a bluff, I don't think the church bluffs, but I do think that they will not be outspoken on supporting the 5 new bills this session. I hope they say enough to convince the majority of church members that they don't need to fight the bills.