The LDS church teaches that marriages in the Temple are for time and all eternity, that the family unit, when joined by this rite, can—assuming a whole lot of things I am not going to get into in this post— exist beyond the grave and into heaven. Weddings in local churches do not qualify for this, only Temple weddings; however if you are married outside a Temple, the marriage can be “sealed” inside one and will have the same effect.
The LDS focus on family—and it is a strong focus—is at least partly attributed to this belief.
Most Christians do not believe that marriage exists after we die:
Romans 7:2—For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage.
Matthew 22:30—For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
For LDS, achieving the highest degree of glory in the Celestial Kingdom means that eventually the LDS family, consisting of one male and one or more females will create spirit children to populate the world(s) over which they will be sovereign as our God is sovereign over the Earth.
This happens in the normal and ordinary human fashion: sex with wives throughout eternity. So, to fulfill their potential and remain consistent with the church’s teaching, the devout LDS person cannot accept that marriage can be anything other than between a man and a woman because that is what is required to generate children.
This is all well and fine, Mr. Romney can believe whatever he chooses, and those beliefs do not qualify or disqualify his ability to hold office.
What does matter is how his religious beliefs will affect his actions should he become President. It is proper in my mind to hold different views: Bill Clinton said he did not support abortion personally but that he was not going to tell others what to do.
It is precisely this fear that caused Kennedy problems. He had to convince voters he would not be the puppet of the Pope when he became President.
It would make sense for Mitt Romney to state publicly that when it comes to matters of governing and laws, he would not be swayed by the Presidency of the LDS Church but would act in his role as the secular President. Pray, yes. Ask for guidance, of course. But in the end, decide based on the duties and requirements of the office and the Constitution, not the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Koran, or any other religious book.
We have the right to ask this type of question and we should demand he answer.
I wonder if he will.