The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints read a letter to all Minnesota wards on Sunday, Jan. 15 reminding church-goers that “the family is the fundamental unit of society” and urged them to re-read the “Proclamation of the Family,” which begins, “We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”
Church members were also asked to “prayerfully consider how to get involved,” according to the author of the blog, Key Lime Piety.
The letter “concluded with a reminder that church buildings and directories are not to be used for political purposes – with this caveat: unless otherwise directed,” the article continued.
“Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity,” according to the proclamation.
The statement is in response to a constitutional amendment which will be voted on this November which would amend Article XIII to read, “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota.”
The amendment was spearheaded by former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch (R-Buffalo, Minn.) who recently stepped down after the revelation that the married senator was having an “inappropriate relationship” with a male staffer.
After the affair was made public, gay Minnesotan John Medeiros issued a statement of apology from Minnesota’s gay community, “On behalf of all gays and lesbians living in Minnesota, I would like to wholeheartedly apologize for our community’s successful efforts to threaten your traditional marriage. We are ashamed of ourselves for causing you to have what the media refers to as an ‘illicit affair’ with your staffer, and we also extend our deepest apologies to him and to his wife.”