'A Welding Link of Some Kind': A Minimalist Theology of Same-Sex Marriage Sealings
in Nathan B. Oman, Law and the Restoration: Law and Latter-day Saint History, Thought, and Scripture (Salt Lake City, Utah: Kofford Books, Forthcoming)
13 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2023
Date Written: August 3, 2023
This is a theological essay that explores the possibility of same-sex marriage sealings within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sealings refer to rituals in Latter-day Saint temples that marry couples "for time and eternity." This essay canvases the history of Latter-day Saint sealing rules and practices and argues that when viewed in their entirety, it is difficult to map these practices on to a particular model of family structure. Based on teachings by Church founder Joseph Smith, the essay offers a theological account of sealing practices that seeks to account for their historical totality. It then argues that within this broader vision, same-sex marriage sealings could be consistent with Latter-day Saint theology.
Keywords: marriage, theology, LDS temples, same-sex marriage, Mormonism, sealings
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