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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

@Miss Piggie
"That doesn't mean the can't do what society expects of them and marry a person of the opposite sex. "

As a straight guy I honestly can't see myself ever wanting to marry another man and I have to think any married couple would tell you that their attraction to their spouse is something more than just sexual attraction.

"The church teaches marriage is required for top positions in heaven"

Small wonder why Utah is #1 in the nation in anti-depressant usage. The state has a 3:2 female:male gender split among 20-40 year olds (or some age group like that) in the church.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

I was in a Mormon scout troop with a gay kid 40 years ago, right here in Zion. He was a nice kid, kind of shy. Then we got to junior high and he was tormented mercilessly, primarily by the "jocks," all of whom were Mormons. These loudmouth bullies haven't changed one bit in 40 years--they're still around, only fatter and more offensive than ever. Nice letter. I wish it could get through to some people.

Cris B.
Sandy, UT

@Irony Guy,

How did you even know the kid was gay 40 years ago? I was in scouts 20 years ago and I dont remember any of the other 12 year olds telling me they were straight. It didnt come up.

I'm curious, why, if your story is true(which I'm not convinced of), this kid would need to share with everyone when he was 12 that he decided to be gay?

None of the straight scouts I was in scouting with did that.

salt lake, UT

@voice of reason
"Homosexuality is extremely dangerous. It kills 20 years early on average."

thats a pretty serious claim care to support it with some credible research? You do now lying is also considered a sin. just so we don't waist time since this is my last post articles referencing each other is not research.

Salt Lake City, UT

Dear Richard Davis,

Thank you.

When I have to defend that there are decent and understanding persons in the LDS faith, in the face of Prop 8 and other attacks against LGBT Americans...

I will use this letter, as an example that there are people in the LDS faith, who want to treat their gay and lesbian friends and family, like Christ intended.

God bless you.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Voice ofReason

That's not progress - that is a decline into sin predicted by the BOM cycle of civilizations.

3:54 p.m. Jan. 30, 2013


Tell me, show me one Book of Mormon scriptural reference that says the Nephites were destroy due to sexual immorality.
ONE. do it.

My Book of Mormon said -
They loved war more than peace.
They loved their money more than the poor, the sick and the needy.
They willing followed the Gadianton's, who creed was GAIN ($) over all else.

...and I see conservative Utah Mormons falling into that very same trap.

Springville, UT

Interesting read. Sure, we can all relate to the idea of loving everyone. However, it leaves out (perhaps on purpose) the issue of morality and virtue. If being a practicing gay becomes acceptable--that is, that it is no longer immoral, then we must accept any and all sexual behavior. Otherwise, those with other sexual tendencies could claim they're being discriminated against.

Further, how does the writer justify this evolving view with the doctrine/scriptures he and his church regard as the Word of God? Either scripture is true, or it is myth. Or can we by our own choice determine which scripture/commandments are true--enjoying selective obedience?

I know it's hard to face the harsh criticism the rest of the world dishes out against us because of our "Victorian" views on morality. It really comes down to conviction and courage. And I'm not convinced that either of those attributes (let alone morality and virtue) are as prevalent today as they used to be.

Salt Lake City, UT

Gallup Poll: Majority of Americans support gay marriage' - By Elizabeth Stuart - DSNews - 05/20/2011

'For the first time since Gallup started studying the issue in 1996, the polling organization found a majority of Americans favor legalizing same-sex marriage.

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