Traci G. Lee of MSNBC posted a fascinating article about the Mormon Church and the issue of same-sex marriage and the acceptance of homosexuality within the LDS. As always with a story of this depth and length, it can be a problem to write more than a small amount and introduce the article. Hopefully, you will find it fascinating enough to go and read it yourself.
The background for this is that on 24 June, some thirty Mormons waked down Fifth Avenue along with the New York Pride parade. They marched as the face of the NYC chapter of Affirmation, an international organization of LGBT Mormons, as well as Mormons for Marriage Equality and Mormons Building Bridges.
Lee writes that:
Mormons who support marriage equality are perceived as a minority within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but Sunday’s participants hope to change that statistic. Over a dozen marches are scheduled for 2012, and over half have already taken place—from Salt Lake City to Santiago, Chile.
The LDS Church’s view on gay marriage is in the spotlight now that Mitt Romney, an active member of LDS, is running as the GOP presidential candidate. He would be the first Mormon in the White House if elected.
Beyond Lee’s analysis of the situation, this is a huge part of why it is important to always separate the hierarchy of a religion from its followers. Change comes, eventually, but only if we as the LGBT Community do not vilify the followers of these religions. They can often make powerful allies.