The letter communicated some interesting points:
- Encouraged the members to write to our local member
- Persons are to express their personal view
- The church does not take a stand on Same Sex Marriage
- Members are not to lobby other members to their point of view
- The letter was not to be read in sacrament meeting. A separate meeting was to be held for the reading of the letter. Was not to be read from the pulpit. Should not take any more that 10-15 minutes.
The cynic in me finds this slightly underhanded and manipulative as I would expect the majority church membership to be apposed to Same Sex Marriage. The church is taking a neutral position yet knows that the membership will oppose it. The church then gets a result without the bad press.
The other point of interest is that (in my opinion) Australians generally do care about the Same Sex Marriage debate and most of the members would not think to be involved anyway.
On the other hand is the church now maturing in its policy? Is neutrality now the best way to approach this issue?