Mormons Urge Church to Soften Gay-Marriage Stance

Group of dissenters launch campaign urging church to stop its political advocacy

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 23, 2009 10:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – A group of Mormons is campaigning to get the church to cease its aggressive activism against gay marriage, the Salt Lake Tribune reports, with the so-called Committee for Reconciliation calling for church leaders to soften their uncompromising stance on the issue. They say the church’s attitude has helped take rights away from homosexuals and damaged many Mormon families.

“I know that there are hundreds, thousands of families sitting in Mormon congregations that have a gay kid or brother or sister, and they are being torn apart inside,” says a former Mormon whose gay son got married in California last year. “The church really does owe these families a huge apology. At some point, they need to re-examine their tactics in drawing that line in the sand and saying, ‘Follow the prophet or support your gay children.’”

A protester  marches on the Mormon Temple to speak out against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for its role in the passage of California's anti-gay Proposition 8.
A protester marches on the Mormon Temple to speak out against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for its role in the passage of California's anti-gay Proposition 8.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Demonstrators march on the Mormon Temple to speak out against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for its role in the passage of California's Proposition 8.
Demonstrators march on the Mormon Temple to speak out against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for its role in the passage of California's Proposition 8.   (AP Photo)
Mormons who support gay marriage delivered ribbon-tied packets of protest letters and bundles of carnations to church headquarters.
Mormons who support gay marriage delivered ribbon-tied packets of protest letters and bundles of carnations to church headquarters.   (AP Photo)
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We would like the church to recognize the harm that's been done to people in the gay community, in general, but specifically to LDS gays who have tried to change their orientation to live up to the church's expectations. - Site organizer Janeen Thompson

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