Times, they are a-changing... slowly
It may seem like a big step for the rather strict Christian sect to formally accept homosexual and transgender people into their church, but it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints centered in Salt Lake City, Utah is known for their high-moral beliefs that deeply affect their faithful followers. Their beliefs teach that spirits are eternal, family relationships are immortal, and even your gender goes on to the next realm. And those gender roles are very clearly defined in the 1995 doctrine The Family: A Proclamation to the World. It states: “By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.” If a family falls apart, calamity will strike.
So gay people are going against the will of God because they can’t procreate and start these extremely important families, according to the Mormons. But things are different now; gay people can marry and raise children that they get through adoption, donors, or surrogates. Would this make the Mormon Church happy? Not at all. But the church’s flock is fleeing due to their puritanical views, and they had to do something about that.
Mormonism follows the belief that God doesn’t want gay people in his grand design because they are choosing not to procreate among other things. And in this age of acceptance of many lifestyles and varied sexual preferences, the Church continually condemned homosexuality to the point of really angering their congregations.
No Gays Allowed
The Church took a huge blow one year ago when they staunchly claimed that not only do they dislike gay people practicing their faith because they believe them to be sinful, they wouldn’t allow the children of same-sex couples to baptized until that child turned 18 and left their parents’ home.
People were furious and tens of thousands of people formally resigned the church, even if they weren’t active members anymore because of the treatment they had been receiving because of their sexual orientation. Protests were held, depression was up for gay Mormons, and the rest of the country condemned the church for the exclusion.
The LDS church only said, “We don’t want to see anyone leave the Church, especially people who have been struggling with some aspect of their life… We continue to extend love and respect to those who leave, and we stand ready to welcome any who may desire to return in the future.”
Perhaps as a form of damage control, The Church has changed their tune about being gay and Mormon. But is it under the guise of repression?