Thousands joined the fun last night in Salt Lake City outside Temple Square, headquarters of the LDS Church, protesting the church’s second-in-command Boyd K. Packer’s latest round of rhetoric where he called homosexuality a choice and railed against same-sex marriage. (This guy also wants to keep the races separated.) Participants lied flat on their backs, forming a circle around the grounds.
The Mormon Church took notice: At the end of the rally spokesman Scott Trotter released a statement saying the church supported the participants’ right to voice their concerns in public. But: “Those familiar with the Church’s doctrine on the importance of marriage and family know it is based on principles of respect and love for all of God’s children. We have continually emphasized that there is no room in this discussion for hatred or mistreatment of anyone.”
So that’s a different story from last year, when two guys kissing near the Mormon Church caused a security melee.