The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles sent a letter to local leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.
This letter is intended to counsel members of The Church and provides information to those with questions, according to Deseret News.
The letter was posted to Mormonnewsroom.org on Tuesday afternoon and encourages leaders to meet with Church members this month about the contents of the letter.
“We encourage all to consider these teachings in the context of the Plan of Salvation and our Heavenly Father’s purposes in creating the earth and providing for our mortal birth and experience here as His children,” the letter said. “Marriage between a man and a woman was instituted by God and is central to His plan for His children and for the well‐being of society.”
The letter said Church leaders should not use their authority to perform same-sex marriages. The letter expressed The Church also supports the rights of both members and leaders to express their beliefs and values on the topic of same-sex marriage and family.
“The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to love and treat all people with kindness and civility — even when we disagree,” the letter said, according to Mormon Newsroom.