FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4 P.M. MST, January 6, 2010
edmonton, alberta, canada January 6, 2010: Hundreds of people are coming together from various countries and religious persuasions, to voice their objections to the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah regarding its divisive temple wedding policy in North America -and increasingly in other countries. Online discussion and debate on Mormon blogs have been ignited by a petition at the website templeweddingpetition.org where people may print off and sign an actual hard copy petition requesting Church leaders to seriously consider the damage to the church and individuals; hoping for a sign of compassion towards all those who are, have been and may still be affected.
The temple wedding policy creating such a storm, penalizes LDS couples who choose a civil marriage outside of LDS temples with a mandatory one-year waiting period before they can attend the temple for the uniquely LDS temple sealing. Combining a marriage ceremony ‘until death do us part’ with the temple ‘sealing for eternity’ means that it must take place within the confines of an LDS temple to which anyone other than an adult, worthy, temple endowed Mormon is excluded.
Petition spokesperson Jean Bodie says
petition participants are stating that the policy is not doctrinal because LDS
couples are not penalized in other parts of the world where civil marriage is
required by law. According to Bodie, personal
accounts posted to the website tell how the policy results in pain and disharmony
in family relationships, often resulting in anger toward the
Organizers anticipate that the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wishes to promote love and harmony in the family. Bodie says they simply want the Church to waive the punitive, one-year waiting period; giving back to LDS couples the right to choose a civil marriage ceremony first, if they so desire, without any repercussions or judgment on their character.
“Family, isn’t it about time?” www.templeweddingpetition.org