A group of Mormons have urged the church to change its position on gay marriage for the sake of Mormon families and gay individuals who have lost rights because of the church's actions. A petition going around urges both sides of the debate to be open to understanding, forgiveness, and apology.
The group's organizer says:
"We would like the church to recognize the harm that's been done to people in the gay community, in general, but specifically to LDS gays who have tried to change their orientation to live up to the church's expectations. The effects can be really devastating to them and their families."
Supporters of the petition also point out that the Mormon teachings have made it hard for followers with gay family members to reconcile their support of their loved ones with their faith. Marie Osmond offers one high profile example of someone that did make it work — Marie doesn't think her Mormon faith should keep her from loving her gay daughter because Christ, she said "loved everyone."
Do you find it admirable that these Mormons are trying to change the ways of their religion?