From Housewives to Protesters: Mormons for the ERA: LDS Position on ERA
LDS Position on ERA
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) opposed the ratification of the ERA and deemed it a “moral issue.” The LDS Church published a pamphlet in the Church produced magazine, the Ensign, detailing their position. The pamphlet explains that the LDS Church is opposed to the Equal Rights Amendment because of its potential impact on the family and their concern that the amendment would blur distinctions between men and women and make it difficult for women to fulfil their roles as a “nurturer” and remain in the home. The pamphlet argues “Court and administrative interpretations of the ERA could endanger time-honored moral values by challenging laws that have safeguarded the family and afforded women necessary protections and exemptions.”  The LDS Church was not only concerned about the ERA's impact on the family, but also the potential impact on issues such as abortion, homosexuality, and women's military service.
 “The Church and the Proposed Equal Rights Amendment: A Moral Issue” Ensign, 10:3 (1980):https://www.lds.org/ensign/1980/03/the-church-and-the-proposed-equal-rights-amendment-a-moral-issue/the-latter-day-saint-perspective?lang=eng