SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – In his General Conference address, President Dallin H. Oaks reiterated the position of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on same-sex marriage and “gender confusion” as outlined in a 1995 “revelation.”
“The Family: A Proclamation to the World” was issued 23 years ago; its words still apply today, Oaks said in his remarks.
“…some are troubled by some of our Church’s positions on marriage and children,” he said. “Our knowledge of God’s revealed plan of salvation requires us to oppose many of the current social and legal pressures to retreat from traditional marriage or to make changes that confuse or alter gender or homogenize the differences between men and women. We know that the relationships, identities, and functions of men and women are essential to accomplish God’s great plan.”
Oaks went on to talk about the opposition the Church faces when it stands firm on these social issues.
“Our positions on these fundamentals frequently provoke opposition to the Church. We consider that inevitable. Opposition is part of the plan, and Satan’s (the Adversary’s) most strenuous opposition is directed at whatever is most important to God’s plan. He seeks to destroy God’s work,” he said.
“He also seeks to confuse gender, to distort marriage, and to discourage childbearing—especially by parents who will raise children in truth,” Oaks said.
His address drew both praise and criticism from members and estranged members of the Church, both on social media and elsewhere.
“President Dallin H. Oaks and the rest of the first presidency of the Church continue to be a disappointment and uphold bigoted stances and actively engage in the continual trauma the Church causes many LGBTQ Youth,” wrote one Twitter user.
“While Dallin H. Oaks could have done a better job showing the love that we do have for our LGBT members I do appreciate the firm stance he took on what is right and the truth of the Gospel,” wrote another.
Oaks’ remarks come one year after he gave a similar address, also reaffirming the family proclamation.