LDS News: Same Sex Attraction LDS site

12.07.2012


Few topics are as emotionally charged or require more sensitivity than same-sex attraction. This complex matter touches on the things we care about most: our basic humanity, our relationship to family, our identity and potential as children of God, how we treat each other, and what it means to be disciples of Christ. (from the new mormonsandgays.org site)

In an effort to encourage understanding and civil conversation about same-sex attraction, the Church has launched the website "Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction", which can be found at mormonsandgays.org. You can read more about the purpose of the website on the Mormon Newsroom.

Seems like this is pretty ground-breaking, particularly the portion which reads, "Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them."  This is just MY opinion, but this seems like a change from my perception of past Church awareness.  The discussion that homosexuality or same-sex attraction is not necessarily a choice feels like a new stance from the church as far as I am concerned.

What do you think of the site?
Do you think this represents a change in past Mormon norms?
Do you think this site is a good idea?

I would love to hear your thoughts!

4 Way Righteous Comments:

Andrea said...

LOVE this site. I feel like the "church" has generally seemed to have a different take on same sex attraction in the past, but in thinking on it, the brethren have never made any church statements as far as the causes of same sex attraction, etc. I love the way this site approaches it, humanizes people, and separates the temptation from the actual sin...

Sara said...

Very interesting. From what I've always understood, same sex attraction can be something a person struggles with....just as some struggle with impulses to lie. It is a real impulse or feeling but to be controlled through self control and spiritual blessings and not to be acted on.

JEN&JIMMY said...
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JEN&JIMMY said...

There have been several issues in the past that have lead to statements by members of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles in regards to gay marriage and homosexual tendencies. Elder Oaks has been a large representative in releasing these statements. In 2008 when California was dealing with passing Proposition 8 with the legalizing of gay marriage, church members were protesting in California and there was a lot of attention towards the church. Some blame the church for this not passing. The legalization of gay marriage and Prop 8 was announced yesterday that it has been taking in review by the supreme court. Great timing on the church's part to release this website!
It's really great that the church is addressing these issues and being able to education the public about our beliefs. The website is great, wish it wasn't so scattered...

Here is the interview that Elder Oaks and the Church Public Affairs gave in 2006.
http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/official-statement/same-gender-attraction
The church's stand has not changed since then at least. Recognizing these brothers and sisters of ours that have tendencies and sometimes only preference towards the same sex. Many members of the church struggle with this and it is very very difficult for them.

I love YOUR website thank you for all your info!!!

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