Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to not hear same-sex marriage appeals from Utah and four other states.

The succession of federal court decisions in recent months, culminating in todays announcement by the Supreme Court, will have no effect on the doctrinal position or practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is that only marriage between a man and a woman is acceptable to God. In prizing freedom of conscience and Constitutional guarantees of the free exercise of religion, we will continue to teach that standard and uphold it in our religious practices.

Nevertheless, respectful coexistence is possible with those with differing values. As far as the civil law is concerned, the courts have spoken. Church leaders will continue to encourage our people to be persons of good will toward all, rejecting persecution of any kind based on race, ethnicity, religious belief or non-belief, and differences in sexual orientation.