It looks like some Christians are tired of being lumped in with Kim Davis.
Yesterday, the Mormon church joined the opposition by officially distancing itself from Davis. The church’s position was conveyed in a lecture given by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Speaking to attendees at the second annual Court-Clergy Conference in Sacramento, Oaks highlighted the church’s desire to remove itself from the type of “culture wars” people like Davis spearhead in the name of Christianity.
“Office holders remain free to draw upon their personal beliefs and motivations and advocate their positions in the public square. But when acting as public officials they are not free to apply personal convictions — religious or other — in place of the defined responsibilities of their public offices,” he said. “A county clerk’s recent invoking of religious reasons to justify refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-gender couples violates this principle.”