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Four years ago, as hundreds of thousands marched in San Francisco’s Pride Parade, hundreds of LDS bishops stood at pulpits asking Mormons to do all they could to support Proposition 8. Four years later, hundreds of Mormons across the country (and around the world) are stepping out in pride parades in support of and [...]
Dr. Gregory L. Smith, the new associate editor at the FARMS Review (a publication in the process of changing names to Mormon Studies Review) has given me something interesting to write about here just before the “Circling the Wagons” conference in Salt Lake City in November. We’ve been in a bit of a lull, in [...]
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and several other organizations are delivering more than 100,000 petitions to the LDS Church today in response to the comments made by Boyd K. Packer at General Conference Sunday morning.
Following are some large excerpts from the LDS statement. The full statement may be read here.
My name is Michael Otterson. [...]
Salt Lake City’s Mayor and City Council are considering a couple of ordinances which would ban discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The ordinances in question would both ban discrimination and provide a mechanism whereby individuals may file grievance claims.
An LDS Church spokesman, Michael Otterson, spoke in favor of passing [...]
To Elder Dallin H. Oaks, of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
We agree with your recent statement that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) “must insist on our constitutional right and duty to exercise our religion, to [...]
Guest Post: How Can the LDS Church Maintain Its Core Values and Help Those Struggling with Same Gender Attraction
Guest Poster D. Michael Quinn first shared these remarks at a plenary session for the Sunstone Symposium held in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 13, 2009 where he focused on “Struggling with ‘Same-Gender Attraction’ in the LDS Church” for a panel entitled, “The Dynamics of Power and Authority in the LDS Church”.
Quinn defined himself [...]
There’s been some concern the past two weeks over an incident on the LDS-Church-owned Main Street Plaza in Salt Lake City where a gay couple was handcuffed and cited for trespassing after they refused to honor security guards’ requests to cease and desist from kissing on the Plaza. There are two versions of the [...]
And poking a stick into a turtle’s shell won’t make the turtle come out any time soon, it will only kill the turtle.
With the high emotions surrounding this issue, it’s unfortunately probably inevitable that there will be individuals who take it upon themselves to mete out vigilante justice and threats. Whether the threats are hate [...]
Guest Poster Joanna is a California Mormon who has recently been speaking out against Prop 8.
I am Mormon, and I voted no on Proposition 8. It was painful for me when the Proposition passed, and it is equally painful to me now to see Mormon temples as the focal points of large protests in Oakland, [...]
SALT LAKE CITY 5 November 2008
Since Proposition 8 was placed on the ballot in June of this year, the citizens of California have considered the arguments for and against same-sex marriage. After extensive debate between those of different persuasions, voters have chosen to amend the California State Constitution to state that marriage should be [...]
When the phone banking, donating, meeting, emailing, facebooking, sign posting, interviewing, u-tube uploading, twittering, blogging, talking, myspacing and bumper sticking is over we are still sisters and brothers.
All of my family and extended family, most of my fellow church members and some dear friends are against gay marriage. It has been hard to be different.
Otherwise known as All Souls’ Day. And, in America, the Sunday before the election. And in Mormon America, the Last Chance to Bear You Testimony before Election Day. Since testimony meetings are supposed to focus on the Savior, and since you won’t be able to speak broadly about politics on Sunday, here’s your chance to [...]
We’ll have more up before Friday, but here’s a spot to discuss the broadcast on this site. What were your reactions? How many people were there? Have you checked out the Church’s new site for Yes on 8 materials?
As with all things at MfM, honest, thoughtful comments are welcome, but please be polite and considerate [...]
Leland Chan received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. He is also a BYU graduate.
Guest poster Leland Chan provides some commentary on the LDS Church’s Press Release, “The Divine Institution of Marriage,” as well as some “food for thought.” Both the press release and Leland’s comments [...]