As Britain continues its conversations about advancing marriage equality, the Mormon Church has chimed in, requiring all its congregations to hear a message condemning same-sex couples for the “negative implications” and “deep consequences” from allowing them to marry. The letter suggests that excluding them from marriage is “good for society” and somehow promotes the wellbeing of all humankind:
The promotion and protection of marriage – the union of one man and one woman as husband and wife – is a matter of the common good and serves the wellbeing of the couple, of children, of civil society and humankind. We join together with others to affirm that marriage in its true definition must be protected for its own sake and for the good of society.[...]
The interference with the religious freedom of those who continue to affirm the true definition of “marriage” – warrants special attention within our faith communities and throughout society as a whole. We believe that changing the definition of marriage would have far‐reaching negative implications for the nation, both legal and social.
In case it needs repeating, there is nothing to validate the absurd fears the Mormon Church is stoking here. What’s at stake in Britain, as in the U.S., is making sure that same-sex couples have the same protections for each other and their families as all other couples do. As a new study points out, there are likely not unique benefits to having a mother and a father, but there are unique consequences to not having a stable and secure household.