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Monday, November 9, 2015

Mormons Support LGBT Families More Than LGBT Activists

Did you see any of these headlines last week?

CNN - Mormon church labels same-sex couples apostates

Slate - Mormon Church to Declare Gay People—and Their Children—Apostates

Boston Globe - Mormons take hard line on gay marriage: Same-sex couples, their children barred

To read many of the headlines with stories about the LDS church policies update, one would think the LDS church was declaring war on gays with children.

This is completely false.

LDS apostle D. Todd Christopherson, who has a gay brother, said the church announced it will no longer do baby blessings (christening) or baptisms for children of same sex couples because of "a desire to protect children in their innocence and in their minority years. We don't want the child to have to deal with issues that might arise where the parents feel one way and the expectations of the church are very different."

The LDS church has always been a pro-family church. Many people are familiar with the TV commercials the church has run for years showing heartwarming family stories. This doesn't change if the family has same sex parents. The church is against pitting the views of same sex parents with pro-traditional family views that are basic to LDS doctrine. It is not fair to put minor children in the middle of this conflict.

Meanwhile LGBT activists do not express any similar concerns for these children. They want to see institutions that oppose them torn down. They want contention that can generate emotional headlines without regard to the lives of these children. This is consistent with what is most important to the LGBT community. Although they like the media to cover the LGBT minority who want marriage, the majority of people who label themselves as LGBT have no intention of marriage. They are more concerned with pursuing selfish pleasures than in doing what is best for children. In their view, it is better for a few LGBT families be torn apart by differences in believes so that they can criticize a church that cannot sanction their life choices.

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