The children of LGBT couples must wait to they are 18 to receive sacraments which are routinely extended to eight year old children in the Mormon church. The Mormon church leadership has an outdated conception of "family."
Does being Christian make us kinder to our partners? More willing to forgive when we are wronged? Opposed to revenge? Unwilling to use violence, whether physical or verbal? Do we stand up for civil and human rights in our communities?
In letting go of the idea that the church is my only way to God, I feel that I have found God more truly on my own. And that allows me to speak and to relate to my Christian neighbors in a new way.
I have a sneaking suspicion that what I'm about to write is going to be perceived as insensitive. I can assure you it's not intended that way; it's just that I've always thought it was kind of funny and I wanted to use it as an intro for this week's column.
Jealously is holy if it moves us to be better people. Jealousy is holy if it inspires one religious community to mimic the good things that other faith communities do.
It is clear however that intercollegiate athletes in the high revenue, high profile sports, can bring great pressure on their university if they are willing to take the risks involved. We now live in a college athletic environment that is much different than it was even two decades ago.
My testimony of my church was still there for me, but I remained silent anytime people talked about gay marriage. When my friends talked about gay marriage at work, I would just sit there and pretend like I couldn't hear them criticizing my beliefs.
Many have criticized the involvement of the athletes and Coach Pinkel, despite issues of race that directly affect the players on a human level. And yet, these dissenters are the same folk that buy tickets to the games, hoping to be a part of the sports madness so long as the players remain silent to marginalization.
Churches at their foundation operate as ministers, vehicles that deliver people to their healing, wholeness, liberation and salvation. What churches don't get to do is determine who enters the vehicle.
Reactions within the Mormon community were swift and intense. Many conservative Mormons were quick to defend the policy while more liberal Mormons (yes, there are a few) reacted with varying degrees of outrage.
In the Mormon view, children are not cursed by any "original sin" and children are not responsible for the sins of their parents -- until now. Despite of the Church's inept attempts to justify this policy, many Mormons and non-Mormons, are seeing it as punishing the children for the "sins" of their LGBT parents.
Her identity as a Mormon housewife had to go. When she removed it, the whole structure collapsed. Choosing to undergo such a radical metamorphosis, in hindsight is astounding, but she knows however painful, it was the only choice. In destroying her life, she saved it.
As a gay Mormon, I make my home in the borderlands. In a theology that says every man must be married to a woman in order to be with God and progress in heaven, gay Mormons are anomalies. No one quite knows what to do with us.
In my early years of parenting, I met a man who told his terrible story of grief to every single person he met in however casual a circumstance as a k...
This may sound a little odd given how young and vibrant I am, but I often think of where I might like to retire someday if I were a normal person.
Just seven years after Prop 8, it's "déjà vu all over again." This time it feels self-mutilating. Instead of campaigning to impose unconstitutional public policies on the rest of the world -- a battle that we lost when the U.S. Supreme court upheld appellate court rulings supporting same sex marriage -- we seem to be cutting off our proverbial nose to spite our face.