WASHINGTON — Elder Russell M.
Nelson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — the
governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints —
religious leaders today in Washington, D.C., to speak in support of
constitutional amendment protecting marriage.
At an Alliance for Marriage press conference at the U.S. Capitol building, he said:
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pleased to be represented in this significant cause. While those of us here today represent a broad spectrum of religious diversity, we are firmly united in our declaration that marriage of a man and a woman is ordained of God. The sanctity of marriage and family constitutes the spiritual undergirding of lasting and successful societies.
“Together we share a duty to preserve marriage and family as established by God. The time has now come when a constitutional amendment is needed in this country to protect our divine inheritance. Such action does not reduce our regard for individuals who choose to live by other standards. But it confirms our conviction that marriage is the foundry for social order, the fountain of virtue and the foundation for eternal exaltation.
“In 1995, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a proclamation to the world on the family. From it I quote:
“ ‘We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.’
“Thus we unite with other religious leaders who also are committed to preserve and promote that same objective.”