Latter-Gay Saints: The Mormon Church Now Welcomes Homosexuals -- Sort Of

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On a sunny Saturday morning in April, more than two dozen men, women, and children march up Central Avenue, on the final stretch of the Pride parade. The pro-gay march has taken place in Phoenix every year since 1981, but it's the first time this particular group has joined the thousands of people celebrating. A Lady Gaga hit blasts from the speakers of a nearby multicolored VW bus, but this is not really a Lady Gaga kind of group. These people stand out mostly because of their outfits: The men wear slacks, shirts, and ties, and the women wear dresses.

In fact, they look as if they are on their way to church, and that would not be a bad guess. The crowd along the parade route gasps then hollers, reading the group's banner: "Mormons Building Bridges." Other signs declare that "God loves all His children" and "Mormons heart LGBT."

The members, friends and family of ALL Arizona -- a local support group for gay members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- reach the end of the parade route at Steele Indian School Park. It's there that they encounter another religious group.

Holding banners that condemn homosexuality and surrounded by a fence that separates them from festival-goers, the protesters hurl insults. ALL Arizona members Jon Abhau and his mother, Meg, are the first to notice the picketers. They approach them, and Jon, a tall, blond 14-year-old in a rainbow-colored bow tie, tries to hand one of the protesters a sign that reads "'Love one another' -- Jesus." The protester won't even look at the boy. The sign lands on the ground next to the protester's shoes.

As his mother looks on proudly, Jon Abhau simply smiles and walks away.

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Jim Neese
Jim Neese

Yes about the same way they welcome blacks......It's the latter days so we will let that "mark of Cain" deal slide....

Bobby Chisum
Bobby Chisum

Some one put a stick in my eye,, that is funny,,, Sort Of

marcy
marcy

It is good to see the Mormon church growing up, most religions do over time, though some such as Islam seem bound and determined to live in the past and persecute gays to a degree that makes Mormon's look like saints.

Jodi Jarrell
Jodi Jarrell

I have a Mormon friend just like that :)

Luis Antonio-Aleman
Luis Antonio-Aleman

Cool.. My close friend is Mormon and she is amazing and accepting of all people.. No matter race, religion, or sexual orientation.. People are who they are, The Lord is the only judgement..

Steven M Volden
Steven M Volden

That's how you view those who are mentally ill? Maybe you should check out DSM IV?

Mike Bowers
Mike Bowers

Treatment?! Mental ill?! If this is how you feel, then you need to get your head checked. Asshole!

fishingblues
fishingblues

Finally, I'm welcome in the Mormon church.

Jim Daniels
Jim Daniels

Guess they realized gays have money too.

Gary Trayler
Gary Trayler

all churches accept mental ill people, just because they are the 2% freaks of nature doesn't mean they shouldn't go to church. Could be they will find mental treatment

rose8989
rose8989

So that's kinda like saying you can be a murder, as long as you don't kill anyone. One day churches may be enlighted as to the fact that biologicaly speaking, you don't choose to be gay anymore than you do to be straight. That the feelings and thoughts of a person cannot be controlled. God may has set down his list of what is deemed acceptable, but he made us who we are. My personal opnion is that church and the bible was the earliest form of social order amongst us humans. That as time has evolved and civil goverments have formed, that church's have outlived their usefulness in society. We should seek our own moral code within the bonds of our civil laws and instill it in our young, instead of using the church to do so. We should seek our own spiritual path, because there are too many churches and religions with conflicting ideologies to say who is right. And we should take comfort that if the do the right thing, and follow our own morals, that whatever God there is that awaits us, will welcome us with open arms.

Randy Martin
Randy Martin

Their stance on homosexuality hasn't changed for as long as I can remember. The church feels that being gay is a choice and a sin, but we should love all of gods children, so kicking out gays is unacceptable. They welcome homosexuals to join their church, but you should understand that they expect you to put an honest effort forward to not sin. Essentially they are saying, "You are gay and that is 100% your decision so you need to stop sinning (stop being gay) in order to be welcomed by god. With this being said, dont worry Denny Koble, you being gay wont scare them. You can still join the church.

naoma
naoma

Oh, spare me this religious drivel that crosses my screen.  All religion is a scam and a money making business,  

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

LOL...Mormons, just another cult called a religion that wants their followers money.

Steve Costa
Steve Costa

Mormons= New Creators of the master race

Jennifer Gee
Jennifer Gee

Calm down you guys. And no they were not speaking officially on behalf of the church. Be nice.

Denny Koble
Denny Koble

Scott Martin, Randy Martin...... Wtf????

faithopelove
faithopelove

I love that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is built upon a rock.  A sure foundation that is.  As churches change their laws and so forth to become politically correct or more "up-to-date"...I love that the LDS church does not wavier...but stands firm in Gods laws.  Which are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  I guess thats what faith is...to obey Gods laws when we don't understand.  

No matter how hard the wind blows, or beats against it...it will still stand...and christ will be at the head directing it.

I also love that I've never once heard a talk or "sermon" at church encouraging hate for the LGBT community.  I would love to hold a sign that says Mormons love the LGBT community!...Because I do..and I know most mormons do.  And the ones that don't ..are well... people who happen to be mormon that don't understand how to be a true Christian yet...imperfect like we all are.  But mormons are only a percent of the entire Christian community and an even smaller part of the world community that may show hate for LGBT .  

It is possible to LOVE SOMEONE AND NOT CONDONE THEIR ACTIONS.  What can we do if we believe in Gods words??...but trust in him.


Harold Hoeg
Harold Hoeg

So they welcome you Gary, how nice for you

Gary Trayler
Gary Trayler

I don't think it is wrong that they welcome people with mental illness

Gary Trayler
Gary Trayler

2% of Americans are freaks of nature so I guess the Mormons want the money from them also

rockdog48
rockdog48

Flyer, I got ur' abomination hangin' bitch!

Doug Schaub
Doug Schaub

Wow from these comments the pro-gay crowd sounds really accepting.

Amanda Miller Froes
Amanda Miller Froes

How precisely can they know/prove if you are acting upon your "urges"? I guess if you don't marry someone of the opposite gender in enough time, it's no longer acceptable. They aren't really saying they accept someone who is gay, if they are stating they cannot act upon it. In the end, why would you even be interested in pairing up with a church that forces you to be someone other than yourself?

Cinda Seipel
Cinda Seipel

Travis Dandoy show this to the family lol

Bill Peschka
Bill Peschka

The article doesn't say they've caved, just yet. You can be gay ... just not act on it. So, you can be sort of gay.

Sal de La Luna
Sal de La Luna

They know they will receive 20% ther not dummies

nursek
nursek

I am a believer in live and let live. The challenge that I see is getting the hate-mongers to be accepting of others BEFORE they have a family member come out. Why can't people put themselves in someone else's shoes and imagine what it must feel like to have this kind of hate directed at you?


rockdog48
rockdog48

Gays are an abomination.   And there are many who feel compelled to throw their perversion in the faces of the normal people.   If you're gay,   keep it to yourself!  People don't like having others' sex lives put on them.  

naoma
naoma

Also, I thought GOD did not make mistakes.  How can  people who are gay be "inferior" or "less than straight people"?  I have no use for religion.  SEE BELOW.

naoma
naoma

i HAVE NO use for religion whatsoever.  I dropped out of all churches at age NINE and have never looked back.  I am near the end of my life now and have not one regret.  Have had a wonderful life without the religion sky god and superstition.

Hock
Hock

I have issues with organized religion due to observed hypocrisy, but I really dislike the anger and hated under the guise of religion.  I thought it was poor Christian form to judge others?  Hypocrites.

Isabella Sofia Herman
Isabella Sofia Herman

Hey they have to do something to keep membership up if not how are they going to pay for their tax free castles....

Leah Greer
Leah Greer

I guess anyone who is willing to give a portion of their paycheck and give up caffine fits in there.

Nannette Griffith Hummel
Nannette Griffith Hummel

Wait, don't they have to change that chapter in their book first before they do that... just like the polygamy rule??? Oh, and as long as they DON'T ASK...DON'T TELL...right??? Leave your 10% $$$$ in the plate...

Pete Gonzalez
Pete Gonzalez

Yet, they denied a request for a group of Mormons trying to bridge the gap between the Mormon church and gay Mormons from marching in their Pioneer Day Parade today.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@rockdog48 @Flyer9753 and you need an electron microscope and tweezers to actually find whatever it is you have hanging...


Careful, remember what happened last time you thought you found it, you ended up pissing down your leg since you mistook a hair for 'it'

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