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Scott G. Winterton, The Deseret News (AP)Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve speaks during the 184th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Mormon leader outlines opposition to gay marriage at church’s biannual conference

Saturday, April 5, 2014
A top Mormon leader reiterated the church's opposition to same-sex marriage Saturday during the church's biannual general conference. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on homosexuality has softened in recent years, but this marks the second consecutive conference in which leaders took time to emphasize the faith's insistence that marriage should be limited to unions between a man and a woman, "as God created." [ Read more → ]
Douglas C Pizac, APThe Mormon Temple spires in Salt Lake City, next to the Utah Capitol building.

Mormon church, religious groups weigh in on Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

Monday, February 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — A coalition of religious organizations has come together to urge a federal appeals court to uphold same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma, saying unions between a man and woman are best for children, families and society. [ Read more → ]
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utha.

Mormon church reminds local leaders they are still opposed to homosexuality

Friday, January 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mormon church is telling its local leaders that same-sex wedding ceremonies and receptions are prohibited in their churches. [ Read more → ]
Jon Jensen, left, and husband, Jared Reesor said they talked about going elsewhere for their nuptials, maybe Hawaii, but they wanted to be married in their home state of Utah. "We just never expected it to happen so soon.”

Gay in Utah: Hostility and acceptance are both a part of life

Monday, December 30, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah has long been known as a bastion of red-state conservatism with deep roots in the Mormon faith. It's the kind of place that has historically been unwelcoming to gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowme, APIn this June 2, 2013 photo, members of the Mormons Building Bridges group march in the Utah Gay Pride Parade in Salt Lake City.

Mormons pushing church to teach that homosexuality isn’t a sin

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- Wendy and Tom Montgomery went door-to-door in their California neighborhood in 2008 campaigning for the passage of an anti-gay marriage proposition. They were among thousands of faithful Mormons following the direction of a church that spent millions on the cause. Then... [ Read more → ]
Mormon Temple in Laie, Hawaii

Mormon Church stakes out new position in Hawaii same-sex marriage debate

Friday, September 20, 2013
HONOLULU -- Just weeks away from a a special session of the Hawaii legislature called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to move forward on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, the Mormon church is once again calling upon its membership to get involved. [ Read more → ]

Mormon, ex-NFL QB Steve Young wants to build bridges with gay community

Sunday, September 15, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — Legendary NFL quarterback Steve Young says he's a Mormon who wants to build bridges with the gay community. [ Read more → ]
APSteve Young

Ex-NFL QB Steve Young to speak at Mormon conference on LGBT acceptance

Friday, September 13, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- Former NFL great Steve Young will be one of the keynote speakers at a three-day conference in Salt Lake City exploring how the Mormon faith is dealing with gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]
APSteve Young

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

Thursday, August 15, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mormon church criticizes Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mormon church criticized the U.S. Supreme Court's decision opening the door for same sex marriage in California, saying it highlights troubling questions about the country's democratic and judicial systems. [ Read more → ]
Jordan Montgomery

Mormon parents who supported Prop 8, now fight on behalf of their gay son

Friday, June 21, 2013
A Mormon's family's struggle to reconcile its faith with full acceptance of their son's sexual identity is at the heart of the video "Families Are Forever," which premieres at Frameline 37: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival this weekend. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APMembers of the Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride in Salt Lake City on Sunday. Kenji Mikesell, second from right, is an 18-year-old Eagle Scout still active in his troop that is sponsored by the Mormon church.

Boy Scouts join Mormon allies at Utah Pride, defy policy by marching in uniform

Monday, June 3, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- For a second straight year, a large group of Mormons took part Sunday in the Utah Pride Parade in a show of support for the gay community. [ Read more → ]

Gay rights group opposes naming university center for Mormon leader

Friday, May 31, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah gay-rights organization has started a petition to protest the naming of a new Weber State University center after a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [ Read more → ]

Boy Scouts, Mormon Church bond remains intact with policy change

Friday, May 24, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — When the Boy Scouts of America began a discussion earlier this year about lifting its ban on gays, some speculated it could lead to the severing of ties with the Mormon church that goes back 100 years. [ Read more → ]
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mormon church arranged meeting ahead of vote against LGBT discrimination

Friday, May 17, 2013
POCATELLO, Idaho — Pocatello city officials met with an attorney for a Washington, D.C.-based conservative group brought in by the Mormon church a few weeks before councilors rejected an ordinance intended to protect LGBT people from discrimination. [ Read more → ]

The Mormon Church’s support for gay boy scouts is no surprise at all

Saturday, May 4, 2013
The Mormon church surprised many last week with its announcement supporting the proposed Boy Scout policy allowing gay scouts but not gay leaders. Having spent most of my life as a Mormon and having served in its local leadership, I wasn’t surprised at all. Here’s why. Though not true until relatively recently, the Mormon church does allow gay people to be members and even to have some local leadership jobs, as long as they stay strictly celibate... [ Read more → ]
Jennifer Tyrrell, a volunteer den mother to her son’s Cub Scout chapter was ousted last year because she is gay.

Mormon Church says it’s pleased with Scouts’ continued ban on gay leaders

Thursday, April 25, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church says it welcomes the Boy Scouts of America's latest proposal to lift the gay ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders. [ Read more → ]

Utah Boy Scout council says 83 percent of parents, leaders oppose lifting gay ban

Monday, March 25, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- A survey finds that that 83 percent of Boy Scout leaders, parents and representatives from troops in the greater Salt Lake City area oppose lifting a ban on openly gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders. [ Read more → ]

The Year in Review: Five LGBT religious advances in 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012
There was a time, not so long ago, when religion was a unified front against LGBT equality. However, over the years, we have seen that paradigm change, and 2012 witnessed religious people and organizations at the forefront of LGBT advancement ... By the end of the year, we saw several religious leaders stepping out and speaking up, with support coming from some pretty surprising places... [ Read more → ]

Mormon-owned NBC affiliate refuses to air gay-themed sitcom

Sunday, August 26, 2012
The NBC television affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah -- which is owned by the Mormon Church -- said it will not air a new gay-themed sitcom, calling it "inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time." [ Read more → ]
THe Mormon Temple, Salt Lake City.

A priceless gift: Loving our Mormon LGBT children

Sunday, July 8, 2012
I was one of the lucky ones. When I came out to my mom at the age of 22 (in a moving car no less), her first reaction to my stammered, “I’m gay mom,” was to reach out, hold my hand and say, “honey, the only thing that matters to me, is that you are happy.” Everything that happened since, and everything that I now am, can be traced to that moment... [ Read more → ]

More than 300 Mormon Church members march in Salt Lake City Pride

Monday, June 4, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 300 members of the Mormon Church joined the thousands of participants Sunday at Salt Lake City's gay pride. The group, Mormons Building Bridges, said they wanted to send a message of love to the state’s LGBT community, a message they believe is compatible with their faith, reported the Salt Lake Tribune. [ Read more → ]

Parents of gay Mormons tell their kids, ‘It Gets Better’

Monday, April 23, 2012
A group of Mormon parents are defending their gay children in a new "It Gets Better" video which challenges the Mormon church's disapproval of homosexuality and same-sex relationships. [ Read more → ]

Brigham Young students reach out to young, gay Mormons: ‘It Gets Better’

Saturday, April 7, 2012
LGBT students and straight allies at Utah's Brigham Young University on Friday released an "It Gets Better" video, adding their voice to the tens of thousands of video messages aimed at preventing depression and suicide among gay youth. [ Read more → ]
Mormon Temple in Kensington, Md.

Mormons working to overturn Maryland marriage equality law

Friday, April 6, 2012
Members of the Mormon Church in Maryland are working to overturn the state’s recently passed marriage equality law, according to an email obtained by the Washington Blade. [ Read more → ]
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