Dallin H. Oaks of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has reiterated the church's opposition to gay marriage.

During the faith's biannual conference in Salt Lake City, Oaks said that increasing support for allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry challenged Mormon beliefs.

“Though we disagree, we should not be disagreeable,” Elder Oaks said. “Our stands and communications on controversial topics should not be contentious.”

Last year, Oaks blamed marriage equality and other “policy changes to establish behaviors contrary to God's decrees about sexual morality” for America's dropping birthrates, later marriages and rising rates of cohabitation.

The church faced a backlash in 2008 over its heavy involvement in passage of Proposition 8, California's now-defunct constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.