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LDS Church members react to statement on same sex marriage

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – The situation over Utah and same sex marriage is sparking a new statement from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The statement outlines the Church's beliefs but it wants people who read it do something.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – The situation over Utah and same sex marriage is sparking a new statement from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The statement outlines the Church's beliefs but it wants people who read it do something.

There's so much happening lately with Utah and same sex marriage, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is reminding its members where it stands. Friday the Church issued a statement reaffirming its beliefs, and sharing its plea for love and respect.

It reads in part:

"Marriage between a man and a woman was instituted by God and is central to His plan for His children and for the well being of society."

And:

"Just as those who promote same-sex marriage are entitled to civility, the same is true for those who oppose it."

It's already helping church members better conduct themselves.

"For me it gives me sort of a guide as to how I should treat other people and look at the situation," said Samuel Bant, LDS Church member.

"It's important to remind us that we need to have compassion for other people and their beliefs," said Denise Jewkes, LDS Church member.

For some, being LDS and embracing the Church's view on same sex marriage isn't easy.

"It's kind of tough to think that we're taking a stand that denies them of the same opportunities that I have, that can be a kind of a difficult thing to think over," said John Shelby, LDS Church member.

It's the same struggle the people behind Mormons Building Bridges are trying to overcome.

"It's part of the gospel of Jesus Christ to show kindness and tolerance for others especially when you disagree with them," said Erik Munson, organizer of Mormons Building Bridges.

Although Friday's statement may not be the olive branch the LGBT community might be hoping for, some LDS members said that doesn't mean both sides can't find common ground.

"It's not that we don't care about them, but we have a moral issue that we need to stand up for," said Donald Jewkes, LDS Church member.

Click here to read the LDS Church statement in full.

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