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Religious Freedom

Speaking to stake and mission leaders in Illinois and Wisconsin, President Oaks addressed the Respect for Marriage Act — which codified same-sex marriage and also provided needed protections for religious expression.

The statement reaffirms the Church’s desire to preserve religious freedom and the rights of LGBTQ individuals.

The Constitution creates a system of government that will only succeed when citizens seek to moderate and to unify on contested issues, said Thomas B. Griffith.

“We will always be for religious liberty, and we want it for everybody,” says Elder Quentin L. Cook in a Church News video titled “A Righteous Motive.”

President Oaks calls for “a global effort to defend and advance the religious freedom of all the children of God.”

In part 3 of a three-part series, President Oaks spoke about the importance of religious freedom during an interview at the Rome Temple Visitors’ Center.

Those of all faith traditions “need to unite all over the globe. … We have a lot to learn from each other on religious liberty.”

“The most effective representation of religious liberty is a representation that stands up for people of faith or no faith,” President Oaks said at the 2022 Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit.

Those who enjoy religious freedom should think about the circumstances of people who don’t enjoy religious liberty, said President Dallin H. Oaks.

The dean of Notre Dame Law School said religious freedom is “an essential precondition for political freedom, economic prosperity and human flourishing.”

President Dallin H. Oaks called for a global effort to “defend and advance” religious freedom during the Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit.

The temple and religious freedom were among the topics of messages shared by Church leaders this week on their social media pages.