At BYU Education Week this past week, Professor Lynn Wardle spoke to a group of LDS attorney's in regard to standing up and speaking out against same-sex marriage. He boldly addressed the fear and persecution, that may occur for those who stand in defense of marriage. It is founded, but....
As we think of going out and speaking with friends and colleagues about gay-marriage and encouraging them to defend traditional marriage - we stand in opposition to that which many do not really understand the full ramifications of - if allowed. Same-sex marriage is having and will continue to have profound impact on not only the family, but on society at large.
This is the basis of the information contained in this article, just published in Deseret News this morning...
Deseret News just posted this article...
"Legalizing same-sex marriage will have significant, long-term societal, fiscal and legal consequences just as smoking and divorce do, even among those who don't personally participate.
That's the assessment from Lynn Wardle, a professor of law at Brigham Young University, who encouraged an audience of attorneys at the school's annual Education Week on Thursday to speak out in opposition to same-sex marriage, rather than being silenced by fear.
"Legalizing same-sex marriage or civil unions endangers not only marriage as an institution but will endanger the civil rights" of those who don't approve of it, Wardle said. "It's about the right to express opposition, and those who do so already suffer harassment and hostility."
You can read the entire story here.
As members of the Church, living in California -- we are referred to as "Summer Soldiers" or "Weekend Warriors" by Professor Wardle. I too believe that as we go forth in defense of marriage in California - we are simply continuing a battle that began before we came here. We are here, because we proved valiant then - and could be depended upon here and now - to finish the job.