A good friend emailed me this week:
I heard something on the news about Mormons marching in the gay pride parade this year? What’s that about?
And I responded:
A few Mormons who actually “support” equality are trying to make a statement, but this is not an officially-sanctioned activity, by any stretch of the imagination.They still think that “god loves the sinner, not the sin” so think it’s okay to be a practicing (e.g. active) Mormon — as long as you also practice celibacy the rest of your life.No thanks.
Here is a LINK to the Salt Lake Tribune article.
ABC-4 reported this:
“What we’re trying to do is say we welcome you. We want you to be part of our congregation. We want you to feel safe in our pews,” Munson said.
She is also sending a clear message to other Latter-day Saints. “We want people in wards all over the world to see us and say these folks are just like me,” said Munson.
The temple going, tithing paying, faithful who say they believe President Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God; want to share a message. “We have been getting messages from our church leaders about reaching out with love, about never supporting bulling [sic], about being loving and kind to LGBT people,” said Munson.
Latter-day Saints only support marriage between a man and woman, but they also say they love those who support same sex marriage. Jay Vann who is an active Latter-day Saint from Murray is thrilled about Latter-day Saints joining the gay pride parade.
“By marching in the parade it doesn’t mean that we have to move from our stance whether it’s right or wrong, but these are our brothers and sisters these are our friends our cousin [sic]. I think by marching with them I think what were saying is they deserve to be treated like human beings,” Vann said. [emphasis mine]
And of course, The Onion has an “American Voices” take, which is probably more accurate than is being reported in the mainstream media.