Opinon: Homosexuals will be allowed temple sealings in my lifetime by R.G.B Robb

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Homosexuals will be given the right to be sealed in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ temple within my lifetime. To understand why this is, you merely need to look back to 1983 in U.S. History.Had it not been for Bob Jones University, African-American males may never have been allowed the right to hold the priesthood in the LDS faith. In a landmark court case involving the university and the Supreme Court- Bob Jones University v. United States- the Supreme Court, in 1983, ruled that the religious clauses in the First Amendment did not prohibit the IRS from revoking tax exempt status from a religious university whose practices violate ending racial discrimination. Most LDS scholars will say that the end of African-Americans being banned from holding the priesthood took place five years prior in 1978, and that the Supreme Court ruling had nothing to do with it. Bruce L. Olsen (Public Affairs Department for the LDS church) – “We state categorically that the federal government made no such threat in 1978 or at any other time.” And this may very well be true. However, one thing can be said about the LDS leadership; they are not stupid.Once could surmise that there was divine intervention and a revelation from the prophet of the faith saying that African-Americans were worthy of the right of the priesthood. However, using the knowledge we have of the past, along with events taking place in our current time, there are many clues that could give us a peek at how the future of the LDS faith, and the way it sees homosexuals, could change to allow them to be married, eventually, in an LDS temple.

Homosexuality has, since the LDS churches inception, been seen as “an ugly sin.”- President Spencer W. Kimball. And a choice; Elder Boyd K. Packer said in a 1978 talk, “It is wrong! It is not desirable; it is unnatural; it is abnormal; it is an affliction.” However, over recent years, this thought process has been evolving. In 1995, Elder Dallin H. Oaks stated that “Some kinds of feelings seem to be inborn.” As time has progressed the LDS faith has changed their stance to “The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people,” and “individuals do not choose to have such attractions.”

As recently as earlier this year, Senator Orrin Hatch made a proclamation that stunned many, “Let’s face it: anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on.”

The LDS church learned early on that you cannot beat the federal government. From the first battle they waged involving polygamy in an attempt to gain statehood, to allowing African-Americans the right to hold the priesthood during a tumultuous time of American history where civil rights and racism in certain faiths were predominant, to today. If the federal government, over the next year, five years, decade or two, determine that gay rights are a part of civil rights, and that does translate into the court ruling of Bob Jones University v. United States and the church’s tax exempt status is threatened if they don’t allow gays to be sealed in their temples, then do not be surprised if there is another “prophetic revelation” allowing gays to do any number of things that, for many, many years, wasn’t even within the realm of fathoming, including temple sealings.Written by R.G.B. Robb
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