Happy Birthday, Mormons for Marriage

Four years ago, as hundreds of thousands marched in San Francisco’s Pride Parade, hundreds of LDS bishops stood at pulpits asking Mormons to do all they could to support Proposition 8. Four years later, hundreds of Mormons across the country (and around the world) are stepping out in pride parades in support of and in […]

One whole, unshattered piece

Dr. Gregory L. Smith, the new associate editor at the FARMS Review (a publication in the process of changing names to Mormon Studies Review) has given me something interesting to write about here just before the “Circling the Wagons” conference in Salt Lake City in November. We’ve been in a bit of a lull, in […]

LDS Church Response to HRC

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and several other organizations are delivering more than 100,000 petitions to the LDS Church today in response to the comments made by Boyd K. Packer at General Conference Sunday morning. Following are some large excerpts from the LDS statement. The full statement may be read here. My name is Michael […]

SLC Council – No discrimation here

Salt Lake City’s Mayor and City Council are considering a couple of ordinances which would ban discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The ordinances in question would both ban discrimination and provide a mechanism whereby individuals may file grievance claims. An LDS Church spokesman, Michael Otterson, spoke in favor […]

A Response to Elder Oaks

To Elder Dallin H. Oaks, of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints We agree with your recent statement that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) “must insist on our constitutional right and duty to exercise our religion, to vote our consciences on […]

Guest Post: How Can the LDS Church Maintain Its Core Values and Help Those Struggling with Same Gender Attraction

Guest Poster D. Michael Quinn first shared these remarks at a plenary session for the Sunstone Symposium held in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 13, 2009 where he focused on “Struggling with ‘Same-Gender Attraction’ in the LDS Church” for a panel entitled, “The Dynamics of Power and Authority in the LDS Church”. Quinn defined […]

When is a kiss more than just a kiss?

There’s been some concern the past two weeks over an incident on the LDS-Church-owned Main Street Plaza in Salt Lake City where a gay couple was handcuffed and cited for trespassing after they refused to honor security guards’ requests to cease and desist from kissing on the Plaza. There are two versions of the story, […]

Violence Doesn’t Change Hearts

And poking a stick into a turtle’s shell won’t make the turtle come out any time soon, it will only kill the turtle. With the high emotions surrounding this issue, it’s unfortunately probably inevitable that there will be individuals who take it upon themselves to mete out vigilante justice and threats.  Whether the threats are […]

Mother Bear By Candlelight

Guest Poster Joanna is a California Mormon who has recently been speaking out against Prop 8. I am Mormon, and I voted no on Proposition 8. It was painful for me when the Proposition passed, and it is equally painful to me now to see Mormon temples as the focal points of large protests in […]

LDS Church Response to Prop 8

SALT LAKE CITY 5 November 2008 Since Proposition 8 was placed on the ballot in June of this year, the citizens of California have considered the arguments for and against same-sex marriage. After extensive debate between those of different persuasions, voters have chosen to amend the California State Constitution to state that marriage should be […]