Statement issued by Sacramento's Bishop Weigand

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  • Anon 2
    Feb. 8, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    People should be given the right to vote for what they believe. If I do not feel that extra tax dollars going to build a monument would be beneficial for society, I should have the right to vote no.

    Also, one more note... If gays and lesbians are now allowed to marry, what about those polygamists who would be thrown in jail if they legally married multiple wives. I don't see the situation much further off. If we allow gays to marry, who has the right to tell polygamists they cannot marry?

    Marriage in our society is between a man and a woman. Not between a man and a man, a woman and a woman, or a man and ten women.

  • This is it
    Aug. 17, 2009 3:14 p.m.

    Stop reading your book called the Bible.

    Ever heard of Separation of Church and State?

    And why should everyone follow the Bible... what about other religions... does this make them wrong since we're all following the Bible in the US apparently?

    To the person who mentioned gays, AIDS, and donating blood... I feel bad for this nation of.. whatever we are. I'm embarrassed to say I'm an American because of you.

  • David in Idaho
    Nov. 11, 2008 4:54 p.m.

    I believe the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS does not condone intolerance or inequality, however, they will continue to work to maintain the sanctity of marriage.

    See official LDS statement:

    "The Churchs opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility toward gays and lesbians. Even more, the Church does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the traditional family or the constitutional rights of churches."

    I personally support measures that maintain the sanctity of marriage (as defined as one man and one woman) and also believe in encouraging measures to respect others rights.

    I hope those who support and oppose Prop 8 will reach across and work together with religous and equal rights organizations to work for rights of gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual couples to difuse intolerance.

  • David in Oregon
    Nov. 10, 2008 10:35 a.m.

    I'm wondering if the bishop is the pot or the kettle. Bigotry? Intolerance? Supporters of Prop 8 need to look in the mirror and take some of their own advice.

    Even if we don't agree with with same-sex marriage, our bigoted, intolerant behavior is just as offensive as theirs.

  • Seekers of Truth
    Nov. 10, 2008 8:51 a.m.

    To any honest seeker of truth, please read 2 Timothy 2, where the Apostle Paul accurately describes our day. This controversy is front and center in these moral and cultural wars, and is a direct and frontal assault on people of faith trying to simply uphold traditional fundamental values. The gay zealots are what Isaiah prophesied would say in the last days to "call evil good and good evil." We're there.

  • Loretta
    Nov. 10, 2008 5:37 a.m.

    Go, Bishop Weigand!

    And peace to all of you, especially Anon, whose remarks of 8 Nov show the full range of inclusive (and untrue) slur. I hope you do get to meet the perfect Christ, and I hope to be listening in the day it happens.

  • Temporary Californian
    Nov. 8, 2008 11:32 p.m.

    Chicagodon expresses the important right of freedom of speech, but the opponents went far beyond mere freedom of speech by many many instances of spray painting their opposition on chuch buildings and stone markers, rampant stealing of signs, bullying and even spitting on those carrying "yes" signs, and other acts of physical aggresion...all these before and after the election. I never read or saw on TV one instance of pro-Prop 8 people committing these acts. The people have voted; that's what this country is about. Many of us are tired of gay and lesbian organizations trying to cram their views down our throat.

  • chicagodon
    Nov. 8, 2008 8:17 p.m.

    Perhaps, both of these religions need to review the constitution of this country. The most important right spelled out in that document is the right of freedom of speech. That right has been expressed against the positions these churches took on Proposition 8. Both of these institutions take a dim view of their members expressing opinions contrary to the official church position. As much as they may not like it, their power to stifle this fundamental right does not extend beyond this contol within their organization. The world would be a more civil and just place if religious bodies could just mind their own flock and business.

  • Californian #1
    Nov. 8, 2008 5:01 p.m.

    Thank you to Bishop Weigand, and to Archbishop Niederauer and the numerous other spiritual leaders who joined with Latter-day Saints to defend marriage. Much of my own phone bank work was done at a Catholic establishment, and we appreciate the religious community that opened its doors and added its voices for this cause.

    We knew there would be consequences, and we are grateful to you for standing next to us as we take the heat. Much love to you from the Bay Area.

  • John Pack Lambert
    Nov. 8, 2008 8:40 a.m.

    I very much appreciate Bishop Wiegand's comments.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 8, 2008 8:30 a.m.

    Well said. It is not fun to lose a political battle, especially when so much energy and resources was put into it on both sides.

    But even the losing side must acknowledge that it was a great and well-coordinated effort by lots of organizations and ethnicities to win this vote in California. CALIFORNIA! I applaud the courage and morality of those who voted to support Proposition 8.

  • Bob K.
    Nov. 8, 2008 8:02 a.m.

    Meh... you want to _really_ protect marriage? Why not outlaw divorce along with banning gays from participating. After all, we *do* want to *protect* marriage, right? Assuming that each gay marriage is an affront to the institution, what does each divorce do?

  • Me
    Nov. 8, 2008 7:48 a.m.

    Thank you Bishop! Your support brings comfort to those of us on the receiving end who are watching these events unfold.

  • Ron
    Nov. 8, 2008 7:43 a.m.

    Well said Bishop. Thank you for throwing your hat into the ring, and acknowledging the bond of religious brotherhood in such matters.

  • anon
    Nov. 8, 2008 7:04 a.m.

    No one should be surprised that an organization made up of pedophiles and opportunists supports an organization made up of bigots and oppressors. They spend the majority of their time defaming and slandering one another in the attempt to maintain their slice of the religion market, but they can always find time to come together to make sure the "least of god's children" maintain that status.

    Christians sound like fine people, one day I hope to meet one.

  • IDBugm
    Nov. 8, 2008 6:09 a.m.

    Nice support from Bishop Weigand. Funny how those who feel others are not tolerant to their own views, themselves fall into that category. The "Mormons" didn't cause the gay rights movement to fail. Californians voted against the marriage of same sex couples.

    Those of faith from every corner of California stood up and said same sex marriage is wrong. If Prop 8 would have failed do you think Christians would be protesting in front of Bed, Bath, and Beyond? No. Do you think Christians would swarm around HGTV headquarters demanding homosexuals to accept our point of view? No.

    I think I and others are very tolerant to the homosexual point of view. I have friends who have chosen that life style. However. I consider the act a sin. I don't have to vote for sin's acceptance to love the sinner. That is my constitutional right and it's your constitutional right to disagree. And to argue my right is any better or worse than your own is a fools errand.

  • georgiaonmymind
    Nov. 8, 2008 5:28 a.m.

    Thank You Bishop!

  • Call Me Al
    Nov. 8, 2008 1:54 a.m.

    Thank You Bishop Weigand! And the rest of the Protect Marriage Coalition! I understand California still has Civil Unions. Why can't gay people be satisfied with that? Just wondering.
    Also, last time I donated blood I noticed (more this time than others) "Have you EVER had sex with another man" (Males) Not just with someone you suspect may have AIDS. And of course I have not. So, with this lifestyle you give up the right to donate blood. Just thought it was interesting.