Posts Tagged ‘ gay marriage ’

This Week In Britain: SSM and the Anglican Communion

January 14, 2016
This Week In Britain: SSM and the Anglican Communion

At the same time the LDS church seems to be doubling down on it’s position vis a vis gay marriage and the new policy, brandishing the big stick by belatedly describing it as revelation, whilst failing to go through the expected channels to present it as such, the Archbishop of Canterbury this week oversees a […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, Faith, Religion | 17 Comments »

Church Policy Clarification (weekend poll)

November 14, 2015
Church Policy Clarification (weekend poll)

Now that the LDS Church as clarified that they are only excluding children who predominantly live with gay parents from baptism and priesthood ordination, what are your thoughts? Change.Org has called on the NCAA to boycott BYU over the policy.  

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Excommunication, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 11 Comments »

It Got Worse

November 11, 2015
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Three and a half years ago I was just beginning to leave the comfortable shelter of strict orthodoxy and fall down the rabbit hole of . . . actual church history given by Bushman, et al. In the middle of this process I ran across the It Gets Better video created by USGA at BYU featuring current […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Charity, Church Policy, Empathy, Excommunication, LGBT | 16 Comments »

“Suffer little children, and forbid them not”

November 9, 2015
“Suffer little children, and forbid them not”

Matthew 19:13-14 13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. History is repeating itself.  The LDS Church surreptitiously released some changes to […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Doctrine, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, scriptures | 74 Comments »

Your Thoughts on Kim Davis

September 7, 2015
Your Thoughts on Kim Davis

Kim Davis, county clerk in Kentucky, has made headlines with her refusal to issue marriage licenses to both gay and straight couples applying for marriage licenses.  I was surprised to learn that (1) she is a democrat (I’ll bet she has more republican supporters and Democratic haters than any other person in America), and (2), even […]

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Posted in Christian, Culture, Faith, Morality, Politics, Religion | 47 Comments »

A Response to the Letter Read in Wards Last Sunday

July 8, 2015
A Response to the Letter Read in Wards Last Sunday

We’d like to welcome guest author Christian Harrison who shared the following exchange with the Daily Universe (BYU’s campus paper).  Christian Harrison is an out gay man and Elders Quorum teacher in Salt Lake City, where he’s a communications professional. He has fond memories of his years at BYU, where he studied International Relations, French, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Education, emotions, Empathy, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Prophet, scriptures, theology | 121 Comments »

Big Week for SCOTUS (Weekend Poll)

June 27, 2015
Big Week for SCOTUS (Weekend Poll)

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made two major rulings this week:  (1) re-affirmed the Affordable Care Act, and (2) made gay marriage legal nationwide.  What are your thoughts?

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 69 Comments »

Today’s Press Conference: Double-Edged Discrimination

January 27, 2015
Today’s Press Conference:  Double-Edged Discrimination

In today’s press conference, LDS leaders encouraged church members to support anti-discrimination legislation while continuing to oppose marriage equality.  You can find a very local perspective here, slightly less local here or downright global perspective here.  A few quick highlights: LGBT people deserve the same basic rights as all individuals:  equal access to housing, legal protections, […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, economics, Education, Freedom, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, understanding, workplace | 34 Comments »

What is the Proclamation on the Family? (Weekend Poll)

October 25, 2014
What is the Proclamation on the Family?  (Weekend Poll)

There are many opinions about the Proclamation, even among the top leaders of the church. What do you think? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

Manufactured Prejudice

June 3, 2014
Manufactured Prejudice

On a recent post at BCC, a commenter stated that in his stake at a recent meeting with a Q&A session with a general authority, two of the seven questions asked were how to get youth to accept the church’s stance on homosexuality. [1]  This is a question that I have wondered about myself as […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Doctrine, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 43 Comments »

30 Years of Lessons: Women and Gays in the CoC

March 30, 2014
30 Years of Lessons:  Women and Gays in the CoC

We are very pleased to have our first guest post from Rich Brown.  Rich was an editor at the then-RLDS Church’s publishing division (Herald Publishing House) for 14 years before the operation was merged into International Headquarters across town in Independence, Missouri. He has also served a book and magazine editor there for nine years, the […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, Mormon, Priesthood | 17 Comments »

How Would You React if one of you Children Came out to You?

March 10, 2014
How Would You React if one of you Children Came out to You?

Now that Seasons 3 and 4 are on Netflix, I’m catching up on Sister Wives again.  Season 4 Episode 4 was a Q&A titled You Asked, They Answered, in which viewers ask all sorts of questions of the Browns.  One question in particular gave me much pause, and I thought it might be a nice […]

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Posted in Christian, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy | 15 Comments »

Religious Liberty or Discrimination?

January 13, 2014
Religious Liberty or Discrimination?

Should a wedding cake owner be allowed to avoid making cakes for a same sex wedding?  Is the owner discriminating against the couple, or simply exercising their religious liberty?  A recent case in the Colorado courts ruled that the owner was discriminating against gays, and ruled in favor of the gay couple.  Now the case […]

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Posted in Christian, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Politics | 130 Comments »

Polygamy/Same Sex Marriage Now Legal in Utah

December 20, 2013
Polygamy/Same Sex Marriage Now Legal in Utah

Breaking News from KSL. A federal judge Friday struck down Utah’s voter-approved constitutional amendment — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Within hours, Salt Lake County […]

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Posted in Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 97 Comments »

Gay Parents

November 15, 2013
Gay Parents

Elder Oaks  has given two talks (Protect the Children and No Other Gods) that have caused me to rethink some of my positions. We know gay parents will have children. We know children are better off with their parents. We know it is better for children to have married parents.  The end of that logic […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics | 48 Comments »

DOMA Arigato, But No Thanks!

June 26, 2013
DOMA Arigato, But No Thanks!

“DOMA undermines both the public and private significance of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages; for it tells those couples, and all the world, that their otherwise valid marriages are unworthy of federal recognition. This places same-sex couples in an unstable position of being in a second-tier marriage. The differentiation demeans the couple, whose moral and sexual choices […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Pride, Science and Religion | 140 Comments »

Marriage Equality

June 5, 2013
Marriage Equality

This is the first guest post from Justin.  He also blogs at LDS Anarchy. Interviewer: But did [Oscar] Wilde identify himself as gay? Stephen Fry: No, I don’t think he did. He talked about his nature — he was aware of what people’s natures were, to have sex with their own kind. He wasn’t an […]

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Posted in Morality, Mormon, Politics | 60 Comments »

DOMA and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

April 4, 2013
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Several years ago, before the movies and the hype, I somehow stumbled into The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  After finishing it, I immediately read the second book in the trilogy, which had just been translated into English, but it ended in a cliff-hanger and wouldn’t be available in English for another 6 months or […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Doctrine, Europe, Mormon Belief | 8 Comments »

Re-evaluating Gay Scriptures

January 7, 2013
Re-evaluating Gay Scriptures

Reverend Dr. Laurence C. Keene, Disciples of Christ, “When people ask questions about homosexuality, almost always they follow with, ‘and what does the Bible really say about it?’ The preceding quote comes from an interesting documentary on Netflix called For the Bible Tells Me So.  The documentary discusses traditional and liberal Christian beliefs about homosexuality in the scriptures. […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics | 34 Comments »

Wickedness Never Was Happiness – Gay Relationships and Mormonism

May 16, 2012
Wickedness Never Was Happiness – Gay Relationships and Mormonism

If wickedness never was happiness, and some people are happy in gay relationships, how will anyone continue to oppose them?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 86 Comments »

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