The Mero Moment: Mormons and kids from same-sex marriages – November 19, 2015

On the heels of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ new policy regarding the children of same-sex married couples, a state judge ruled that a gay married couple were not fit parents because of their same-sex status. Ruling on the three-month old child’s foster care status, Seventh District Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen cited research indicating that children are worse off in the care of same-sex couples than in the care of heterosexual couples. Of course the ruling has ignited a wildfire of protests across the nation. While…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Nov. 13, 2015

Today is Friday the 13th, and you know what that means: Tomorrow is Saturday the 14th. Stop being such a superstitious freak show. • First up, the largest local district of the Boy Scouts of America, located in the Provo/Orem area, is way, way off on their Friends of Scouting donations this year. The gay thing is taking most of the blame, but the fact remains that Friends of Scouting has been water cooler (water fountain?) fodder for years in LDS Church buildings from people who were unclear about where…

Is polygamy next? It would only require the court to follow its own logic.

By William C. Duncan Is the legal acceptance of polygamy the most predictable consequence of the legalization of same-sex marriage? To judge by the dissents to the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage redefinition decision and by many conversations with a wide variety of people (not a scientific measure), one might think so. I have my doubts. It is clear that advocates of polygamy think the Obergefell decision requires recognition of some type of group marriage. In a pending Utah case, the attorney for a polygamist and his wives has argued exactly that. The…

Government and traditional marriage

Dieter Boenhoffer is a personal hero of mine. He was a Lutheran minister in Germany at the time of the Nazi takeover in Germany.  Most churches submitted to the will of the Nazi Government by preventing Jews from worshiping in their congregations, recognizing the government as having supreme control over religion and looking the other way when government began mass extermination of those the government felt were undesirable. Rather than consent to the will of the German government, Boenhoffer (along with other ministers) formed the Confessing Church.  This led Boenhoffer…

Impale Me Now: The problem with the defeatist position on same-sex marriage

Since the announcement of the most recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage, I have encountered innumerable end-time attitudes and statements generated mostly by my LDS family members and friends. For the most part these have included variations around a common theme; they could be epitomized by a recent piece by Paul Mero: “The Samuel Principle and Same-sex Marriage.” Mero writes: It’s time for my pro-marriage friends to invoke the biblical “Samuel Principle.” It’s time to give Americans the “king” they want – even if it means their ruin. The…

The Mero Moment: The Samuel Principle and Same-sex Marriage. July 16, 2015

In the short aftermath of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision there has emerged three schools of thought about where we go from here. My dear pro-marriage colleagues are reluctant to change anything. They see the Court’s decision as they did the decades-earlier abortion decision. They see the marriage debate as a protracted legal conflict with much left for which to fight. Libertarian ideologues, as they always have, Court or no Court, want government out of marriage – the Court’s decision is just one more opportunity to display their incoherent…

In God We Should Trust

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” – James Madison, 1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia. “Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of…

Stripping churches of non-profit status will backfire

Now that the Supreme Court has declared that states must recognize same-sex marriages, supporters of the decision are again starting to push hard to strip any organization that opposes it of non-profit status. The idea of using taxation as a weapon against ideological opponents is nothing new. Neither is it new for religious institutions to be the target of this weapon. What would be new is the outcome of success. This is starting to look very much like a classic case of “be careful what you wish for”. The first big…

What Could Happen with Same Sex Marriage at the Court?

The Supreme Court will likely render its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges on Monday, June 29. The Court will answer two questions, commonly referred to as the marriage question and the recognition question: (1) does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? and (2) does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state? There are a few possible outcomes (remember, the Sixth…