I gave this story some time to settle not because I agree or disagree with the church but because I wanted to see what would happen as a result of the church's action in the matter. For those outside of the Salt Lake area you might not have heard the story. The Salt Lake City Council was voting on an ordinance that made it illegal for a business in the Salt Lake City boundaries to fire someone for being gay and that someone cannot be turned down housing for being gay. What surprised most people was that the church dropped by and made a public statement that they were not opposed to this legislation on the grounds that it was fair, and well thought out legislation that protected basic human rights and that the church felt that the ordinance was not an attack or did violence to the institution of marriage.
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I couldn't help but think as to why the church would need to come out and say anything at all. The first and obvious response would be to pander to all the critics that the church doesn't hate gays, but they are simply pro-marriage. That answer has merit, but I think that there is more to this. I believe this legislation also could have gone much further and to a point where the church would have come out against another gay "legislation". Notice that the legislation doesn't say that you have to hire someone because they are gay which would be strictly against the church policies. It says that they can't be fired because of being gay. Any other version of the law could have put the church in some pretty hot water.
In either case, I think this was a smart move by the church. Still there are some who think that this law IS a threat to traditional marriage. Watch this news story. What's your take?