No one else has commented on the recent First Presidency statement on Same-Gender marriage, so I’ll venture something. Forgive me if this has been hashed out before — I haven’t read all of the gargantuan threads in the archives.
The press release reads in part:
As a doctrinal principle, based on sacred scripture, we affirm that marriage between a man and a woman is essential to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. The powers of procreation are to be exercised only between a man and a woman lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
The Family: A Proclamation to the World contains similar language:
We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
By contrast, here is a statement of Faith and Message from the Southern Baptist Convention relating to the family:
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
No mention of legality or lawfulness here.
The notion of marriage in the Mormon (LDS) church is tied up with laws and legality in a way that seems strange to me. The Church’s history with polygamy obviously has something to do with this. However, there’s something else going on that I can’t quite put my finger on. It has something to do also, I think, with the fact that not all Mormon marriages are temple marriages.
Could I missing something about the word “lawful”? What better place to ask than Times and Seasons?