S.L. Tribune: LDS Church, other faiths say traditional marriage is crucial

(S.L. Tribune) Saying they represent the voices of millions of Americans, a coalition of faith groups that includes the Mormon church called on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold bans on same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma because traditional marriage is “indispensable to social welfare and our republican form of government.” …

More than 20 individuals and groups have filed amicus briefs supporting the states’ positions. …

In its brief, The Sutherland Institute, a conservative public policy think tank in Salt Lake City, said “marriage and family are pre-political and not mere instruments of state policy” and are thus “fundamental to a system of ordered liberty.” It described that system as one in which “social peace” and “personal liberty” are “harmonized in accordance with constitutional principles of limited government.”

Marriage, the institute said, is crucial in forming the initial context for shaping individual character within this system and “provides powerful social benefits that cannot be provided through a government program.”

The Sutherland Institute said [Judge Robert] Shelby mischaracterized the goal of Amendment 3 as imposing inequality on same-sex couples, “as if legislators had gathered in a brainstorming session to determine how to harm the chances of same-sex couples, and came up with a thing called marriage to which these couples could be intentionally excluded.”

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