He felt he had set a "record." To him, kissing was some kind of contest! Did they realize that each girl he kissed was only a notch on the way to his "goal"? Kimball: Kissing has been prostituted and has degenerated to develop and express lust instead of affection, honor, and admiration. What do kisses mean when given out like pretzels, and robbed of sacredness?
Do you think it would have hurt their feelings to know that? Monson said, "Men, take care not to make women weep, for God counts their tears." What has happened to kissing? Finally, the answer from a prophet: Kisses are sacred, and are meant to express affection, honor, and admiration.
Regarding the difficult issue of same-sex marriage, for those who are wondering about possible reasons for the Church's position, I would suggest considering some of the relevant social issues as discussed by a non-LDS advocate of traditional marriage in the article "Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It" by Ryan Anderson (2013).
See also "The Consistency of the LDS Church's Position Regarding Legislating Marriage" by J. 2014 Update: The Church has released instructions to Church leaders regarding the same-sex marriage issue.
With love and understanding, the Church reaches out to all God's children, including our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. This is a difficult and sensitive topic, but the Church appears to be growing in appreciating the challenges faced by those who are gay or, more broadly, who experience same-sex attraction to different degrees.
The Church still teaches the ancient principle that "marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God" and that those with homosexual inclinations can be full participants in the Church, provided that they do not act on those inclinations in ways that violate LDS standards (no sex outside of marriage). Mormonsand can help people understand how they can be good members of the Church and move forward in their spiritual journey as gay men and women while still adhering to the standards and teachings of the Church.
Long, passionate kissing definitely should be avoided.
And French kissing is out--it's purpose is to be passionate and suggestive, not to express pure affection (plus, the stuff with the tongues just seems tacky, in my opinion).
If you put your arm around someone on a date, what are you saying (without using words)? And that's exactly why we have to be careful - because we could be telling lies with our actions.
This is a major reason why people get hurt, and why there's heartache.
He knows that all have a limit to their resistance....