Hall of Fame QB Steve Young promotes acceptance of gays in Mormon Church

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SALT LAKE CITY — Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife Barbara are scheduled to give the keynote address at an upcoming conference promoting acceptance of gays and lesbians in the Mormon Church.

Steve Young

The couple’s talk is set for Sept. 14, during the three-day Affirmation conference in Salt Lake City.

The Youngs are described as committed members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and have been active on LGBT issues in the past.

They are longtime supporters of organizations including the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention for gay youth.

In 2008, Barbara Young publicly spoke out against California‘s Prop. 8, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

Young is a great-great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, second president of the Mormon Church and for whom Brigham Young University is named. He retired from professional football in 1999 after 13 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

He was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001, and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

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