The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a.k.a.
LDS Church & the Mormon Church) and homosexuality
2015-NOV-05 to 09: Part 7 of 8 parts:
Probable Mayor-elect of Salt Lake City comments.
Still more reactions to the LDS' policy changes,
that call for manditory investigation of members
in same-sex relationsips, and denial of church
ordinances to their children.
2015-NOV-05: New mayor of Salt Lake City adds her comments:
On NOV-03, Jackie Biskupski was apparently elected mayor of Salt Lake City. She is a single mother of an adopted son, is openly lesbian, and has cohabited with another woman in the past. She is not a Mormon, but if her son, aged 5, were to align himself with the church, he would be subject to the restrictions and discrimination specified in the recent Church Handbook changes.
She won the primary race for mayor by a margin of 5% in the vote, and is expected to survive a recount on NOV-17 and become mayor.
Referring to the LGBT community, she said that her victory is a:
"... very big deal, because we've come to the point in my community where we value people on their merits, instead of some category that they've been placed in." 1
She commented in a statement on the recent amendments to the LDS Handbook, saying:
"The LDS Church is entitled to live in its doctrine and to make policy decisions that reflect the teachings of their faith. But I hold onto hope that a move in this direction will not last long. ..."
"As a mother of a young son — who will grow up in this community — I want him to feel welcome wherever he goes and judged based on the content of his character, not on his mother's sexual orientation. My son will make many important decisions in his life. ... If he chose to become a member of the LDS Church, I would support his choice, and I would hope he could find acceptance in his faith community. ... Our community has also come so far in the last year to bridge the gaps between us that this new [LDS Church] policy feels confusing to many." 1
In reality, the LDS Church will not judge her son solely on the basis of his sexual orientation. If he discovers that he has a heterosexual orientation later in life, then he will be discriminated against because had mother once lived with another woman in a sexual union. If he is one of the approximately 5% minority of children who discovers later in life that he is homosexual, then he will be judged according to whether he acts on this orientation. He will be discriminated against because of his mothers cohabitation with a woman.
2015-NOV-05: Additional negative and positive reactions to the LDS Church's modified policies:
Re: Jana Riess' article in the Religion News Service, titled: "Mormon policy excludes children of same-sex marriages. And I am livid," 2
Many readers of the article posted their personal comments:
A negative comment:
- "CG" posted:
"I am glad you are livid. We all should be. Livid and heartbroken. Somehow having cohabiting homosexual partners is a far worse sin than have cohabiting heterosexual partners? How dare this church, that claims that little children are innocent and pure, limit and restrict them from saving ordinances. My husband has baptised and confirmed nieces and nephews from siblings who are heterosexually cohabitating and others who have been unfaithful to their spouses. In my ward, numerous grandpas and uncles gave blessed and baptised children whose parents are in prison, on drugs, or prostituting themselves. Regardless of the Church’s stance and belief of homosexuality, this shunning of children is not Christlike, and utterly, despicably wrong." 2
However, there were other readers who explained the Church's new policies in a positive light:
- Max Power wrote:
"I can see why those who believe (or hope) that some day the church will change its policy to on gay marriages would take issue with this policy. But for those that understand that marriage as recognized only between [one] man and [one] woman is not just a current policy but an eternal doctrine, this policy makes sense. We do recognize that children are only accountable for their own sins. Thus when they are no longer living within the home where their parents are living in apostasy, they have the individual choice to decide if they want to follow God and be baptized and recognize the apostacy of their parents (this is very different than any requirement to abandon, shun, or stop loving parents). There is a very real danger that being reared by gay parents the child would have a view of marriage that is opposed to the eternal doctrine of marriage and for a person holding those views baptism [duing childhood] would do more harm than good, as they would be supporting apostacy in violation of baptismal covenants." 2
- "Eli" wrote:
"I have no doubt church leaders thought long and hard about this. I think most every decision in the Church is calculated on A. How it brings an individual closer to Christ, and B. How it keeps a family unit together (even if that unit doesn’t always meet gospel standards). I think this is one of those rare instances where the two come into conflict.
I too see it as more of a relief of conflict within the family rather than a denial of blessings. Better to have those blessings delayed than close relationships strained.
Many say this shows a lack of love. I think the Church thinks of love in the long-term. The watchmen on the tower will always be able to see things we can’t, and maybe even some things we can’t even imagine. I have no doubt this will make a lot more sense some day. 2
The following information source was used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.
- Cathy Free, "Salt Lake City Voters Elect the City's First Openly Gay Mayor Jackie Biskupski," People Magazine, 2015-NOV-05, at: http://www.people.com/
- Jana Riess, "Mormon policy excludes children of same-sex marriages. And I am livid," Religion News Service, 2015-NOV-06, at: http://janariess.religionnews.com/
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Original posting: 2015-NOV-10
Latest update: 2015-NOV-14
Compiled by: B.A. Robinson.