The Week in Mormonism, 6/5/16: Gay Marriage in Mexico
The Church is joining Catholics and others to oppose the legitimization of same-sex marriage in Mexico.
President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed to legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico [in May], a move that would enshrine on a national level a Supreme Court ruling last year that it was unconstitutional for states to bar such couples from wedding.
If it is approved, Mexico would become the fifth country in Latin America to make same-sex marriage legal. The announcement was hailed by LGBT activists and criticized by [Catholic] church officials in Mexico, which is home to the second-largest Roman Catholic population on the planet.
[Last] Sunday, three members of the LDS Church’s governing Area Authority in Mexico read a letter at services of individual Mormon stakes (which are like dioceses), urging members to oppose a presidential proposal to enshrine gay marriage in the country’s constitution.
So far, this looks more like a typical “we encourage you to vote” effort than a pull-out-the-stops Prop 8-style campaign, which saw the Church organizing voter registration efforts, phone banks, and the distribution of campaign materials.
Books and Reviews
- Juvenile Instructor is covering Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith for its Summer book club. “We landed on Mormon Enigma for several reasons. First, we wanted to address the history of women in Mormon history… Second, the book’s lively prose is much less complex than Rough Stone Rolling.” Highly recommended.
- Association for Mormon Letters 2016 conference recordings have been posted.
- AML’s This Month in Mormon Literature, May 2016.
- An introduction by the author to When Mormons Leave: Truth, Beauty, and Goodness as a Way to Strengthen Relationships Between Mormons and Former Mormons.
- The Secret Life of Mormons: an interview with novelist Judith Freeman.
- 13 Surprising Facts from Greg Prince’s Biography of Leonard Arrington. I am halfway through the book and already recommend it.
BYU Honor Code and Sexual Assault
- Anonymous informants and BYU’s Honor Code.
- Brad Levin (a victim of an anonymous Honor Code report after he wrote Homosexuality: a Straight BYU Student’s Perspective) finally succeeded in getting a copy of his Honor Code file.
- BYU police under state investigation for sexual assault reporting. And Court audio contradicts intentions of deputy involved in BYU student’s rape case.
- The Rainbow Mormon initiative offers support for LGBT Mormons. And Boyd Petersen explains why he will be participating despite believing that Church is not the place for making political statements.
- “I’m an openly gay [female] Mormon married to my wonderful husband. Together we have three children.”
- The Plight of Homeless Youth in the Mormon Heartland.
- An overview of the medical literature on transgenderism.
- Mormon influence helps Twin Falls, ID, welcome refugees.
- New Doctrinal Mastery program is replacing Scripture Mastery for seminary students.
- Why calling the Church “LDS, Inc” as an attempt at disparagement is stupid.
- Vietnam grants official recognition to the LDS Church.
- Letter from The Salt Lake Tribune’s new publisher: “The Tribune is to Utah what the First Amendment is to the Constitution: a legacy guarantee of independent and, at times, adversarial thought… I am an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have been a bishop. I make no apologies for this. I also believe in the independence of church and state and press.”
- Empty Chairs at Empty Tables. Counterpoint: Millenial Star contends there is no exodus from the Church. And a counter-counterpoint where I recommend Tom Doggett’s and J. Nelson-Seawright’s comments as more insightful than the article they are attached to.