Wednesday, April 23, 2014
In his letter to the editor posted on Nov. 19 about L.D. 1428, Michael Hawkins says that “A Mormon city hall clerk adhering to original church doctrine could refuse to marry a mixed race couple.”
As a Mormon, I found this statement offensive. While I can’t speak authoritatively about the bill in question, I can state emphatically and categorically that there would be no doctrinal reason that a Mormon city hall clerk would refuse to marry a mixed race couple. In fact, mixed race couples can and do get married in Mormon Temples, our most holy places of worship.
For a better understanding about Mormon doctrine on marriage, I would refer Hawkins to, “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” I don’t know if the rest of what Hawkins said is true, but this part gets four Pinocchios.David DicksonWinslow