More than 100,000 Mormons will pour into Salt Lake City this weekend to worship and exchange new (very old) ideas, as the Quorum of the Twelve meets for an annual conference at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ world headquarters.
There’s obviously a lot going on amid the spiritual gathering, both inside the church and out, but don’t worry — church leaders managed to find time to reassure everyone that they still intensely hate homosexuality. You should too.
“While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not,” said Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve (FYI the Quorum of the Twelve is a group of dudes that rank second-highest in the governing body of the LDS Church). “He designated the purpose of marriage to go far beyond the personal satisfaction and fulfillment of adults, to more importantly, advancing the ideal setting for children to be born, reared and nurtured.”
It seemed as though the LDS Church had softened its position on gays last year, when it showed support for the Boy Scouts lifting an archaic ban on gay scout leaders. Not the case, apparently. Sorry, Neon Trees guy.
Along with believing that Jesus once visited America, the Church still firmly asserts that marriage is between one man and one woman. Or one man and several women, depending on the circumstances.
Seattle Pi breaks down their soft aversion to gays:
The church teaches that while same-sex attraction itself isn’t a sin, succumbing to it is.
The church’s message on homosexuality has evolved since it was one of the leading forces behind California’s Proposition 8, a ban on gay marriage. A website launched last year encouraged more compassion toward gays, implored them to stay in the faith and clarified that church leaders no longer “necessarily advise” gays to marry people of the opposite sex in what used to be a widely practiced Mormon workaround for homosexuality.
Oh, okay! Wonder how they feel about gay slut converts?