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Published: Sunday, June 3 2012 5:10 p.m. MDT

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Observenator
Salt Lake City, UT

@meemaab

Thank you for so wonderfully illustrating my point. Perceived prejudice against LGBT individuals does not make irresponsible, intolerant and insensitive comments and behavior by members of that community against others right. After all, does the LGBT community really want to pursue an "eye for an eye" approach?

You may scoff at the idea of being mistreated as a Mormon in downtown SLC, but I am certainly not alone in this sentiment. Plus, isn't the express purpose of these marches to overcome indifference or hostility of individuals' right to exist and live as they choose?

I guess in your world that's true for everyone but Mormons.

eaglebacon
Salt Lake City, UT

The crowd was destroying their throats and people were wiping tears on both sides. Watching a Sunday's best clad LDS man hug a crying lady of the LGBT community across the way from me was an incredible moment. I grew up LDS and havnt been active in years but seeing all those beautifully brave Mormons reminded me of just how truly strong and kind LDS members can be. I will never make the silly mistake of Typecasting the LDS community ever again.

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suzyk#1
Mount Pleasant, UT

To BCA - you are making a big mistake when you assume the Church leadership would not express support...no, they would not endorse the behavior but in turn would not belittle an individual who chooses to be Gay.

donn
layton, UT

@ Observenator,So does this mean that I will be treated better at restaurants and businesses in downtown SLC? Or does my individuality and pride not merit approval? Tolerance begets tolerance!
Right on, right on , The next step should be for the LDS church to open the priesthood to females(Bishops).

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I can't help but think of seeing a group from the Mid-West in the Days of '47 parade,
holding signs reading:

"Missourians Building Bridges."

If there were ever a people who should be able to sympathize and understand intolerance because of who we are, it should be us.

I'm to have missed this [I hadn't heard of it before].
I will be participating in next year's event.

SpaceCowboy69
Syracuse, UT

Curious as to when the "gay" community will rally during General Conference to support the LDS Church and its members right to religious freedom and show love and support for their LDS family members and friends. Love and support and "building bridges" is a two-way street.

VocalLocal
Salt Lake, UT

This made national headlines and yet KSL didn't even mention it in their 10 o'clok newscast. Hmmmm.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

It says a lot that it is "news" when LDS members actually live the ideas they talk about every week in Church.

Hopefully, times are a changing.

Really???
Kearns, UT

@Rifleman, I appreciate your comments, but please think about how it feels to be constantly reminded of your "sin." Even if a homosexual is abstaining from sexual relationships, they are often grouped into a category of "sinner" because of who they are. I am sure it would get rather tiring and depressing to be reminded of that all the time.

@MAYHEM MIKE, I would dare say the Days of '47 Parade is exactly one of those parades that you are talking about. Do you think, perhaps, that a homosexual group would be allowed to participate in that one? I am sure there would be a group like Affirmation that would be willing to give it a shot.

JMH
Provo, UT

I am encouraged by the LDS participation but how many Catholics, Jews, Methodists, Presbyterian, Unitarians, etc... marched. Why count one religion and no others.

Lulu
Elk Grove, CA

As a mother of a adult lesbian daughter, I was so happy to see this display showing the world all Mormons aren't homophobic and those who really follow Christ's teaching know he loves all of his children.

tallen
Lehi, UT

I'm so glad to see this. AS an LDS person, I do not hate those who are homosexual. It is not church doctrine to hate anyone (different political viewpoints does not equal hate). I hope that as a community we can do more to show our love for our fellow men.

Lane Myer
Salt Lake City, UT

JMH
Provo, UT
I am encouraged by the LDS participation but how many Catholics, Jews, Methodists, Presbyterian, Unitarians, etc... marched. Why count one religion and no others.

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There were many churches that marched this year and in years pass. This is the FIRST time that Mormons marched and showed their love.

Alpine Blue
Alpine, UT

Proud of my fellow LDS and a neighbor who participated yesterday. Truly touched by some of the reactions to their love and support.

In spite of all the hate-bigotry labels thrown around so carelessly, I feel very certain that what happened yesterday was a pretty true indication of the feelings of a great majority of Utahns-LDS and non-LDS. In all my years in the church and in countless leadership meetings over the years, I have never heard a disparaging word (and certainly never a feeling or word of hatred) against LGBT from an active member of the church. Only love and compassion. If there is hatred, I feel that much of it is imaginary. Personally tired of being called a hater-when there is none.

Sure, we (LDS) support marriage only between "man and woman" but still want to insure that all have the same rights of civil unions et al. It's all only semantics at the end of the day. What does it matter-whether legally married or in a loving civil union-if all have the same exact rights.

We are all Children of the same God. And He loves us all equally!

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Really??? Kearns, UT
"@Rifleman, I appreciate your comments, but please think about how it feels to be constantly reminded of your "sin." "

When Jesus saw the money changers in the Temple he made a whip, drove the "sinners" out and overturned their tables. Being a perfect man did Jesus hate these sinners or did he just disapprove of their behavior?

I suspect that God finds it "rather tiring and depressing to have to remind His children to repent.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Alpine Blue
"Sure, we (LDS) support marriage only between "man and woman" but still want to insure that all have the same rights of civil unions et al."

If that were true then why did the state overwhelmingly vote to ban civil unions when it banned same-sex marriage? Why does the legislature oppose housing and job anti-discrimination measures?

"In all my years in the church and in countless leadership meetings over the years, I have never heard a disparaging word (and certainly never a feeling or word of hatred) against LGBT from an active member of the church. "

I've heard a ton of it, even in more liberal areas like college student wards and my old home ward in Maryland. Even had an Institute instructor rail against homosexuality and say that if we didn't write letters to our senators urging them to pass the marriage amendment we'd be doing satan's will.

George
Bronx, NY

@spacecowboy
actually this has already happened a couple of times when members of the gay community have shown up to offer support and encouragement for conference goers when the westboro church has shown up to harass conference goers. Maybe its time for you to get off the sidelines and be an active part of the solution.

DeBaan
Cedar Park, TX

Speaking as someone who has had my own share of challenges and struggles:

Here's the problem: it's an important distinction between loving someone who has a real challenge, and supporting and/or promoting it (e.g., "pride").

We should not "show our support" for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

We should show our love for everyone, and we *support* those who are striving to overcome life's challenges in their struggle to do so.

Those who embrace sin and deviance, we should love but not support them in their fall.

Beware those who call evil good, and good evil.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

re:Alpine Blue

Well, as a life-long LDS member, having lived on both coasts and in CA during Prop 8 I can attest to the fact that LDS bigotry against homosexuals does exist. Just reading the comments on the Deseret News site can illustrate that, but also comments, sometimes subtle, made by members when/if the issue comes up. The Prop 8 campaign literature, ads etc. were negative, and demonized homosexuals. I think bigotry has been the way of the world forever. Wherever there is an out group it is easy to place blame, sow fear etc. It happened with slavery, women's rights and is happening today with issues such as same-sex marriage and immigration.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

The ironic thing here is that Utah is known for its tolarance of gays. The LDS people in Utah, while not approving of homosexual acts, have shown for decades that they can accept a gay person. According to the Gay Travel website, Salt Lake City ranks #5 in most friendly towards gays.

So, since the LDS people live what they believe and tolerance (while not accepting) the gay lifestyle, why do we need a group to promote what the church already does and teaches?

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