The website, conveniently called Mormons and Gays (.org!), is aimed at providing “greater sensitivity and better understanding” to Mormons regarding said gays.
In a video introduction to the Mormons and Gays (.org!)’s website, Elder D. Todd Christofferson wants people who have same-sex desires and attractions to know that the Church’s attitude is, “stay with us.”
“I think that’s what God is saying: stay with me,” Christofferson says. “And I think that’s what we want to say in the church: stay with us, and let’s work together in friendship and commonality and brotherhood and sisterhood.”
To further illustrate this mission, Mormons and gays (org!), features personal stories from church eladers, gay Mormons and Mormons with gay relatives to “show the human face of a sensitive matter,” LDS church spokeman Michael Purdy told Desert News.
According to the new site, the Church of Latter-day Saints believes it’s okay to be gay…just don’t be so gay about it:
The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is. Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them. With love and understanding, the Church reaches out to all God’s children, including our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks reaffirmed that the church’s view — that sex should only occur between a married man and woman — “has not changed and is not changing,” but the way the church deals with homosexuality is changing…slightly.
“What is changing, and what needs to change, is to help our own members and families understand how to deal with same-gender attraction,” Oaks says in another introductory video.
Valerie Larabee, Executive Director of the Utah Pride Center, applauded the Churc of Latter-Day Saints praised the website as “a huge step in the right direction” by providing “a resource whose purpose is to help Mormon families and leadership recognize the ways they can reduce the isolation and rejection often felt by LGBTQ or questioning Mormons.”
Well, it’s at least a baby step in the right direction.