Church Reaffirms Its Support of Utah's Existing Alcohol Laws
"We think we’ve struck in Utah a good balance between the reasonable availability of alcohol and limiting these negative consequences and social costs.” —Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve
The Church reaffirmed its stand on alcohol legislation January 21, 2014, in a news release that includes a video interview with Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and a whiteboard animation that explains the Church’s position on existing Utah alcohol laws.
According to the release, “The Church’s concern … is not to promote the health code we embrace as Church members, but to support legislation that advances the safety and well-being of all state residents.”
“We’re interested particularly in three areas as it pertains to alcohol consumption,” Elder Christofferson says in the video. “First, abuse or overconsumption; second, underage drinking; and third, DUIs [driving under the influence]. And that’s basically our position and our interest—to deal with those and have a balance, and we think we’ve struck in Utah a good balance between the reasonable availability of alcohol and limiting these negative consequences and social costs.”