Skip to comments.Steve Young Corrects Involvement in Prop. 8
Posted on 11/03/2008 10:17:21 AM PST by nickcarraway
Steve Young is speaking out about his family and California's Proposition 8. He's reacting to the use of his name in a press release from the "Vote No" Prop. 8 group.
"I have not given anyone authority to use my name whatsoever, in any political matter," he said.
On YouTube a video of the Young home in Palo Alto from a California television station shows a "Vote No" on Prop. 8 sign and anti-discrimination Halloween decorations. Saturday the "No on Prop. 8" organization issued a press release saying NBA great Magic Johnson is calling Prop. 8 wrong and unfair. It also said Steve Young's family announced its opposition.
Barbara Young is passionate about this issue. Her brother Michael is gay. Her statement reads, in part, "We believe all families matter, and we do not believe in discrimination, therefore, our family will vote against Proposition 8." She later said, Steve "makes no endorsement."
By phone Sunday night, Steve offered a statement as a chance to correct that press release and subsequent reports.
"Barb and I love each other very much. It is that love of each other and the Savior that helps us come to the decisions we do. For Barb, who has a remarkable and enviable compassion for others, those political activities are far more public than mine. Those who know me, know I chose long ago not to be publicly active in the political process. I do have strong opinions. I do vote and will vote on Tuesday, but those matters are private," he said.
Steve is not only a football legend but a famous Latter-day Saint. This story has made Internet headlines.
Steve said, "Barb and I and our children love our church and our faith, which allows for a wide diversity of political discourse. In our case, our diversity does not diminish in any way our or my love, respect and sustaining of the leadership of our church, which is deep and profound."
Steve declined to answer any questions, saying the statement is all he wishes to say publicly on the matter.
Young's savior must be Obama.
I have no idea what that article just stated it was so muddled but it sounds like we have another stand up athlete willing to take on the hard and politically correct issues...NOT!
Why do gay relatives affect people so much? I have a gay cousin whom I love enough to be honest in telling her why homosexual marriage and indoctrination of children is wrong.
Maybe he did express an opinion and forgot.
Steve is not only a football legend but a famous Latter-day Saint.Some how I must have missed that part of his career -- I never knew that he had played for New Orleans. :=)
Most people don't want a big family fight over something. Sometimes they even get persuaded over the years.
I imagine that there is going to be a record number of uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinners this year.
Cowardice. Wrong is wrong, whether or not you’re comfortable with the truth.
Many don’t like Mormons here, but their leaders do expect the members to stand on moral issues. Looks like Steve and his wife are on the wrong side of the fence on this one.
From the last President of the Mormon Church, Gordon B. Hinkley:
Now may I say a word concerning loyalty to the Church.
We see much indifference. There are those who say, “The Church won’t dictate to me how to think about this, that, or the other, or how to live my life.”
No, I reply, the Church will not dictate to any man how he should think or what he should do. The Church will point out the way and invite every member to live the gospel and enjoy the blessings that come of such living. The Church will not dictate to any man, but it will counsel, it will persuade, it will urge, and it will expect loyalty from those who profess membership therein.
When I was a university student, I said to my father on one occasion that I felt the General Authorities had overstepped their prerogatives when they advocated a certain thing. He was a very wise and good man. He said, “The President of the Church has instructed us, and I sustain him as prophet, seer, and revelator and intend to follow his counsel.”
I have now served in the general councils of this Church for 45 years. I have served as an Assistant to the Twelve, as a member of the Twelve, as a Counselor in the First Presidency, and now for eight years as President. I want to give you my testimony that although I have sat in literally thousands of meetings where Church policies and programs have been discussed, I have never been in one where the guidance of the Lord was not sought nor where there was any desire on the part of anyone present to advocate or do anything which would be injurious or coercive to anyone.
The book of Revelation declares: “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:1516).
I make you a promise, my dear brethren, that while I am serving in my present responsibility I will never consent to nor advocate any policy, any program, any doctrine which will be otherwise than beneficial to the membership of this, the Lord’s Church.
This is His work. He established it. He has revealed its doctrine. He has outlined its practices. He created its government. It is His work and His kingdom, and He has said, “They who are not for me are against me” (2 Nephi 10:16).
In 1933, there was a movement in the United States to overturn the law which prohibited commerce in alcoholic beverages. When it came to a vote, Utah was the deciding state.
I was on a mission, working in London, England, when I read the newspaper headlines that screamed, “Utah Kills Prohibition.”
President Heber J. Grant, then President of this Church, had pleaded with our people against voting to nullify Prohibition. It broke his heart when so many members of the Church in this state disregarded his counsel.
On this occasion I am not going to talk about the good or bad of Prohibition but rather of uncompromising loyalty to the Church.
How grateful, my brethren, I feel, how profoundly grateful for the tremendous faith of so many Latter-day Saints who, when facing a major decision on which the Church has taken a stand, align themselves with that position. And I am especially grateful to be able to say that among those who are loyal are men and women of achievement, of accomplishment, of education, of influence, of strengthhighly intelligent and capable individuals.
Each of us has to face the mattereither the Church is true, or it is a fraud. There is no middle ground. It is the Church and kingdom of God, or it is nothing.