How to Respond to the US Supreme Court Decision Marriage?
How can we most lovingly talk about the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage with family, friends, and neighbors in a way that mitigates conflict and encourages constructive dialogue? How do you acknowledge both the joy that so many feel today, and the dismay that others may react with? How do you help people cope with a new reality while respecting principles they hold that may never change?
In accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Mormons Building Bridges community is made up of faithful Latter-day Saints who are dedicated to conveying love and acceptance to all who identify as LGBTQI and those who experience same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria. We assert that all our sisters, brothers, and families are inherently worthy of love and belonging in our homes, congregations, and communities – no matter where their life path may take them. Love and belonging are irreducible needs of all women, men, and children. In the absence of love and belonging, there is always suffering.
We base our efforts on the testimonies of gay, transgender, and straight Latter-day Saints who all seek a Christ-centered life as their authentic selves.
The Mormons Building Bridges community is less a movement built around a visible leader and more a way of creating thoughtful dialogue and innovation that is available to all LDS people as they approach the question of how to help LGBTQ/SSA people to thrive.
In this light, what are your suggestions for how to manage conversations at church this and every Sunday?