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Are there gay Mormons?
January 14, 2012 7:24AM
Yes. There are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the "Mormon" Church) who are homosexual. Homosexuals are welcome to participate in worship services and activities, but cannot be baptized unless they are living a celibate lifestyle. Many homosexuals who are members of the Church grew up in Mormon families and wanted to stay in the Church despite their homosexual inclinations. Others have joined the Church hoping that faith and religion will give them strength to deal with inclinations that they feel are sinful.
While Mormons believe homosexual activity to be a sin, they also believe that all people are the children of God and as such should be treated with respect and love.
You can learn more about the Church's teachings about
homosexuality at the "Related Links" below.
Yes! There are actually quite a few homosexual members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church). While those who are attracted to the same gender are welcome to be members of the Church and fully participate in their congregations (even in teaching and leadership positions), they are asked to follow the same commandments and guidelines as all other members of the Church - which includes no sexual relations outside of a legal marriage and no sexual relations with someone of the same gender.
There is an organization for homosexual Mormons, called Evergreen International. You can check out their website at the "Related Links" below.