Search Results: same-sex marriage

Making August LDS Youth Curriculum on Marriage & Family LGBT Friendly

July 25, 2015 |

The repetition of the word, “struggling,” may send a message of weakness of self, testimony, self-image, etc; having difficulty in resisting the “temptation” of an LGBT sexual orientation; a second-class status or sense of patronizing; or other such negative images. Based on direction and guidance by the Spirit, this may be an opportunity to explain that LGBT’s really do struggle. But the struggle is not with “same-gender attraction,” sexual orientation, being gay/lesbian, or such. Rather, the struggle is with living in fear of being found out, not because of who s/he is, but who others are; with not feeling loved and accepted by other members without any judgment. with those who let ignorance be their Liahona; and with the fear of being rejected by family or ward, whether figuratively or literally. That is the real struggle so many LGBT members face.

The Church and Same Sex Marriage: The Pastoral Question

July 12, 2015 |

By far, though, the most significant question we will face as a Church will be pastoral: how should we as a religious community treat our legally married gay members? Most people I know think that this is an easy question. The problem is, about half of them think it is easy in one direction while the rest think it is easy in the other. Actually, it is a very difficult question. But it is also an extremely important one, as it may determine the nature of our community for the next hundred years.

Ideas for Priesthood/Relief Society Lesson 14 “Marriage & Family – Ordained of God”

July 4, 2015 |

“I was relieved to see that the lesson did not directly attack gay relationships as a source for “the attacks on the family” but that it focused primarily on HOW to create a successful marriage. I think the teachings in this lesson are very applicable to my same-sex marriage and look forward to sharing my perspectives in Church this Sunday.” (This is part of a series of perspectives and resources for LDS Church teachers and participants who are looking for ways to teach and learn that invite LGBT individuals, their families and friends to liken the scriptures unto themselves and apply the gospel in their lives.)

Religious Freedom, Our Founding Fathers, and Marriage Equality

June 28, 2015 |

‘Religious liberty’ has never meant the right of a majority religion (or religions) to impose religious practices or religious rules on non-adherents. In America, we can be sure that Catholics can’t make birth control illegal, even though they are the largest religion. We can be sure that if Muslims become a dominant religion in any community, they still can’t require all women to cover their heads or impose Sharia law. We can be sure that if Amish are a majority in some community, they can’t impose their lifestyle on non-Amish living there.

Affirmation Community Members Share Thoughts about SCOTUS Refusal to Hear Marriage Ban Appeals

October 12, 2014 |

The recent Supreme Court refusal to rule on four appeals in cases where lower courts had struck down same-sex marriage bans (and the subsequent legalization of same-sex marriage in the four appealing states) has elicited strong responses across the country, but especially in the states affected. We asked a few within the Affirmation community to share their thoughts and feelings with us.

Marriage: Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice, Seek Empathy with Those Who Don’t

October 8, 2014 |

We are grateful for the official LDS church response to the ruling, which rejects persecution of people on the basis of sexual orientation, and enjoins respect toward and dialogue with those with whom we may disagree. We are also grateful for Gospel teachings, along with reminders at recent general conferences that the first and great commandment to “love one another” takes precedence over the things that may divide us.

Peculiar People: Mormons and Same-Sex Orientation

February 10, 2014 |

Ron Schow, Wayne Schow and Marybeth Raynes, eds. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1991. Reviewed by Hugo Salinas. Peculiar People is the first book entirely dedicated to describing the gay/lesbian Mormon…

The YMCA, Same-Sex Relationships, and the Gospel: An Interview with John Donald Gustav-Wrathall

February 10, 2014 |

By Hugo Salinas April 2007 At the Portland conference I had the pleasure of meeting John Donald Gustav-Wrathall, a gay Mormon man from Minneapolis who almost ten years ago wrote Take…

Sam Fullmer: “I Support Marriage Equality in Hawaii”

November 18, 2013 |

by Hugo Salinas Sam Fullmer, center, demonstrated last week at the Hawaii State Capitol Building, where legislators are debating a law that could bring marriage equality to the Aloha State.…