Guest Post by Emily Raymond
On Monday I sat my kids down and we read a book about Martin Luther King, Jr. and then talked about his life and work. My seven-year-old was flabbergasted that blacks and whites did not share drinking fountains, bathrooms, restaurants, or schools. He has a diverse set of friends and could not imagine not talking to them just because of their skin color.
He could not comprehend such inequalities, and it was hard to explain why some of those inequalities ever existed. This conversation with my kids got me thinking about what inequalities might exist today that will seem outrageous in a few decades. I thought of the political debate over gay rights and same-sex marriage and wondered what it would look like in the future.
The Church’s stance has always been to defend traditional marriage between a man and woman, but the Church also recently launched a website, www.mormonsandgays.org, to offer support to gays, their families, and also members of the Church who simply do not know how to respond to the issue.
I know that God loves all of his children, regardless of their choices or preferences, and that I should try to do the same. I will continue to teach my kids doctrine from the Church, including the doctrine of marriage between a man and woman. I will teach my kids about personal revelation from God and encourage them to communicate with him. Most of all, I will let my kids know that I will always love them no matter what choices they make or preferences they have.