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
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)
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(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.’”