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Mormons Petition Church to Change Gay Marriage Stance

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?

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Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
First step is always the hardest in change
French-Kiss French-Kiss 8 years
That sound great =) A 1rst step !
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
I would love if the Mormon Church changed it's stance on a lot of things. As someone who grew up in Utah but wasn't Mormon, I know that it's difficult for the church to change. I just think it's sad that people can't make up their own opinions on things rather than go and do what their church says is "right".
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 8 years
Are you kidding me? They were directly responsible for Prop 8 in California... throwing all the money at marketing to vote against gay marriage. I highly doubt that they will even bother to accept a watered down "tolerance" petition.
weffie weffie 8 years
Good for them :)
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
I think that's really admirable :) This has put a big smile on my face.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I think that anything that makes strides toward tolerance is admirable, whether it ends up truly working or not.
kia kia 8 years
I think it is admirable that some church members are urging the church to change its stance. That is a lot. Their names are basically public record to their wards once they sign a petition. That is huge in itself.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
This is a great step forward for the LDS church, and I can only hope this group makes an impact.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
church dogma will not change. points of view, possibly. legal rights? eventually.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Yes, I think it's admirable, but no I don't think anything's going to change.
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