During some of my gospel reading I came across a statement from Elder John A. Widtsoe in his book Evidences and Reconciliations. Under the heading "Why marry in the temple?" the opening statement reads, "Marriage, the most important event between birth and death is a determining condition of life's happiness." I thought about that statement for minute and reconciled it against other gospel principles to eventually come into agreement with that statement.
Then I could not help but look to the issue of Same-Sex marriage which has been such a hot topic since the last general election. When I first noticed the church get so involved in the issue I admit I experienced some reluctance with supporting those efforts. Not because I agree with same-sex marriage but because I am not sure that government should be involved in marriage at all. Additionally, if churches want the government out of their lives, churches should be out of the governments lives, right? Then I wondered why gays seem to be so militant about the issue. Preaching tolerance while not possessing the principles they hypocritically wish to engender in others.
Then I continued to read the section in Evidences and Reconciliations and I came across another key idea that clarified why the church would be so strongly involved. The statement reads, "Marriage is of such crucial importance in life that it should begin with full obedience to God's law. Love is the foundation of marriage, but love itself is a product of law and lives by law. True love is law-abiding, for the highest satisfactions come to a law-abiding life."
Gay marriage is clearly against law whether you call it nature's law or God's. Same-gender marriage clearly stands in opposition to the organization established for the protection and arrangement of procreation. According to Elder Widtsoe, it then stands to reason that gay marriage is a violation of God's law and is therefore not capable of real love. Supporters of gay marriage would have us believe that marriage will somehow change their level of love for their partner to some deserved level. The church sought to protect the most important event between birth and death in determining our heaven designed happiness. We were asked to stand in opposition to the lies of the adversary wishing to publicly indoctrinate society into thinking that gay marriage is capable of love when in fact all the adversary is trying to do is ease society into a culture of permissiveness and violation to God's laws.