The Mormon Church fully embraced the Constitution of 1789 and came to agree with Lincoln that the rights of the espoused in the Declaration of Independence were fundamental to understanding that document. They saw the wisdom in the modern world of marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman, another pillar of Lincoln’s old party.
At great cost, with deliberation and wisdom, they embraced the twin pillars of Lincoln’s party. This was not done lightly or in a corner, but in the full light of history. Despite persecution and the ignorance even of their allies, Mormon dominated areas became a new Republican heartland.