In his letter to the editor posted on Nov. 19 about L.D. 1428, Michael Hawkins says that “A Mormon city hall clerk adhering to original church doctrine could refuse to marry a mixed race couple.”

As a Mormon, I found this statement offensive. While I can’t speak authoritatively about the bill in question, I can state emphatically and categorically that there would be no doctrinal reason that a Mormon city hall clerk would refuse to marry a mixed race couple. In fact, mixed race couples can and do get married in Mormon Temples, our most holy places of worship.

For a better understanding about Mormon doctrine on marriage, I would refer Hawkins to, “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” I don’t know if the rest of what Hawkins said is true, but this part gets four Pinocchios.

David DicksonWinslow

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