It has been a year since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints issued a policy regarding the children of same-sex couples. The bottom line of the policy is that married/committed same-sex LDS couples are in a state of apostasy, and that any children of such couples must wait until they are adults before deciding to officially join the church. There are other details in this policy, but these are the main points as I see it.
After reading a couple of posts on blogs and facebook feeds, I would like to make an attempt to contribute to understanding this policy. Understanding the policy does not necessarily mean that one celebrates the decision. My hope is that this policy can be discussed in a reasonable and civil way. So my attempt to provide an argument to understand the policy is this:
P1 The church has always taught, and continues to teach, that sexual relations outside of a marriage between a man and a woman are serious sinful behaviors.
P2 Married same-sex couples have made a solemn, public, permanent commitment to just such behavior.
P3 Such couples are not likely to acknowledge that this behavior is sinful, nor likely to repent of this behavior.
P4 Children of such couples, who desire to join the church, face an open conflict between church teachings and their parents’ behavior.
C1 Such couples are in a state of apostasy from the church due to this permanent, public commitment that violates church teachings on a serious issue.
C2: Children of such couples should wait until they are adults before officially joining the church by baptism.
I hope there is value in laying out the argument this way. I suspect that those who really hate this policy simply disagree with P1. And while I am sure this policy may sadden some people, I do think there is potential wisdom in it.