I've been a little blog-weary these days; I'll spend time coming up with stuff to post on, only to find that either my position isn't consistent enough or that the issue is too complicated to write a paltry 100 words on it. False starts aside, I've had somewhat of an crisis lately. For some reason, I've taken this election pretty seriously even though I know my vote doesn't count for much here in New York. I've done my homework too, researching issues and candidates apart from their rhetoric and making a serious attempt to choose the right candidate.
On October 19th the Church (the LDS Church) issued a statement on same-gender marriage just in time for the election and the referendum in Utah. This statement comes out only a few months after the Church re-issued a statement from the 2000 election reminding church members of its political neutrality and that we should "study the issues and candidates carefully and prayerfully and then vote for those they believe will most nearly carry out their ideas of good government. Latter-day Saints are under special obligation to seek out and then uphold leaders who will act with integrity and are "wise," "good," and "honest" (see Doctrine and Covenants 98:10)."
I feel frustrated and confused. I feel like my vote has been, in a way, hijacked. I want to make clear that I support the leadership of the Church, they are inspired men and women. But how do you reconcile political neutrality with the statement on same-gender marriage?? Can I remain honest with my beliefs and still vote for a candidate that supports same-sex unions/marriage? When the Church says it "favors" a particular stance, what does that mean?