Release — 6 October 2014 Church Responds to Supreme Court
Not to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases
succession of federal court decisions in recent months,
culminating in today’s announcement by the Supreme Court, will
have no effect on the doctrinal position or practices of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is that only
marriage between a man and a woman is acceptable to God. In
prizing freedom of conscience and Constitutional guarantees of
the free exercise of religion, we will continue to teach that
standard and uphold it in our religious practices.
respectful coexistence is possible with those with differing
values. As far as the civil law is concerned, the courts have
spoken. Church leaders will continue to encourage our people to
be persons of good will toward all, rejecting persecution of any
kind based on race, ethnicity, religious belief or non-belief,
and differences in sexual orientation.