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Published: Sunday, June 3 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

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Medical Lake, Washington

Years ago I knew people who would spend their Friday evenings going to parts of town to "beat up" gay guys.

I never approved of that and still don't. I believe "marriage" should be between a man and a woman only. I also support the church's position that partner rights and benefits, fair housing, etc., should be had by one and all that we should be followers of Christ.

Any time anyone sees fit to demean someone else for what ever reason, they are out of line. I don't care for orange and will not wear it or purchase anything that is orange if I can possibly avoid it, but I'm certainly not going to abuse someone who likes it.

Cedar Hills, UT

Greg Iverson ought to take his family to San Francisco and watch the gay pride parade there. A word of warning - this is usually an XXX rated event. Yes go to the source of so-called "gay pride" and find out what the main stream gay pride community really looks and acts like. Just remember to leave your kids in the hotel. I think Greg would "adjust" his thinking a bit after returning from San Fran. I have had the unfortunate luck of experiencing first hand San Francisco gay pride. Yes God loves all his children but he does NOT love or condone their sinful debauchery!! God does say - "if ye love me keep my commandments". Sexual debauchery is NOT in keeping with God's commandments (read the New Testament).

Lane Myer
Salt Lake City, UT

So, if I go to the Mardi Gras parade, I will be able to find out what the main stream straight community really looks and acts like?

Do not think that parades - especially ones like Mardi Gras and SF Gay Pride symbolize anything but a parade and sometimes brings out the wildest of characters!

I think you have painted with a very broad brush all gays to equal exactly what you saw in SF. Would you want everyone to believe that Mardi Gras symbolizes what heterosexuals act and look like? Didn't think so.

Be careful in your judging.

byu rugby
Crystal Lake, IL

Why should anyone be obligated to "Love" these folks? I don't hate them. I am polite and genuine to those I work with or, serve as customers. I don't mock them publically or privately. But, why should I accept and or support their actions? Homosexuality is simply wrong. Having marches, rainbow bumperstickers, and media-driven programming isn't going to drive them to mainstream status. If they want to act in a devient manner in the privacy of their own residences, fine. But, don't expect that the majority of Americans to roll out the red carpet.

Orem, UT


I know this won't make any difference.

But I can't stand idly by and let your statement stand.

You can believe whatever you want. If you want to make up your own rules, because they make sense to you, then you are free to do so. Fortunately, there are eternal truths that can't be altered or changed no matter what you believe.

Imagine for a moment if we all wanted to change the physical laws around us? I decided one day that I don't like gravity. Or that I'm tired of getting old and I don't want to die. Or I'm tired of rain. There would be serious chaos, right? These laws cannot be altered or changed.

God has also determined that there needs to be laws and rules concerning our behavior. There is such thing as right and wrong. Man cannot alter these or change them, no matter how he feels at that time in history. If not, chaos will result.

Nobody would dispute that our world is in serious chaos.

There is no sin in having homosexual tendencies, but to ACT out those tendencies is what's wrong.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

So will the hate speech from the LGBT community stop about LDS people? Or are they going to continue to try and stir the pot (like the two men that went on temple square drunk, and when asked to leave they refused and then claimed it was discrimination rather than their inappropriate behavior)?

Does this mean that comments such as all LDS people are closed minded, intolerant, racists etc end?

I hear alot from the LGBT community demanding tolerance and acceptance, but, you hear very little from the LGBT community talking about how they need to improve their attitude and accept that people are different than them.

It's not just one side that needs to be tolerant, it needs to come from all sides.

Rigby, ID

I am glad that active LDS are showing their love for LGBT people. Why was this ever in question? I have been an active LDS for nearly 12 years now, and all I have ever heard from the pulpit (in my ward, at GC, etc.) has been a message of love for those with same gender attraction. It is the sinful acts that are committed that the Church takes issue with. These are two separate issues. Just in case anyone was wondering, the Church also takes issue with heterosexuals who are not legally and lawfully married to each other engaging in sexual activity; pornography; polygamy; pedophilia; beastiality; lying, cheating, stealing, jealousy/envy, etc. The Church takes a stand against all of these sins, not just homosexual acts.
Also, the Church stands for marriage between one man and one woman. This is seen as essential for entering the Kingdom of God, and to hold and defend this view is our right. We should not be persecuted when we, as fellow citizens of this country, express our beliefs and act politically to defend them.

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