Advocating for the strength and preservation of traditional marriage within our communities, workplaces, religious institutions, and broader society is a cornerstone of our beliefs. It is disheartening to witness individuals in love being divided over differences such as race, religion, ethnicity, political beliefs, or other divisive factors. When two individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, find love together, their union should be encouraged and supported, with a collective effort to uphold the sanctity and commitment of marriage. Historically, marriages often lasted decades, a testament to the enduring bond and commitment between partners. However, today’s societal trends show a concerning decline in the longevity of marriages, with divorce rates alarmingly high, particularly affecting children from separated families.

On the topic of same-sex marriage, our views align with traditional religious teachings that define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. We do not support the legal recognition of same-sex marriages or civil unions, based upon our understanding of religious doctrines regarding homosexuality. However, it is crucial to differentiate between disapproving of certain actions and harboring ill will towards individuals. People experiencing same-sex attractions deserve to be treated with the same love, respect, kindness, and dignity afforded to all. They should be welcomed and loved within our communities, homes, and places of work, and approached with compassion and understanding. While we advocate for adherence to traditional values, we also believe in the importance of treating everyone with humanity and respect, recognizing that judgment is not ours to cast but is reserved for a higher power.

In fostering discussions on these matters, it is vital to engage with love, respect, and an open heart, striving for a community where every individual feels valued and respected, regardless of differences. This approach does not compromise on personal beliefs but emphasizes the need for compassion and understanding in navigating complex social issues.