Religion and Politics: 10 questions for 2016

I believe that we all have an obligation to make sure our moral and ethical beliefs inform our politics. The Christian magazine Sojourners says it well: We envision a future in which Christians put their faith into action in the passionate pursuit of social justice, peace, and environmental stewardship, working in partnership with...

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We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

A couple of weeks ago when “the letter” was read in our ward, we stood up and walked out. We weren’t grandstanding or trying to cause trouble. But we are LGBT friends and allies, and having already read the letter, we knew it only served the cause of furthering divisiveness. We’re only interested in...

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A North and South Heart

A dear friend, who I will call Jim, of my (former?) partner, and I, after the LDS church’s response to the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage and then the response to the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow inclusion of gay scouting leaders, sent a message to me, saying, among other things:...

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URGENT MESSAGE FOR MORMON GAY YOUTH

(The text of the post was originally a post on Carol Lynn Pearson’s Facebook page on July 23, 2015.) I have been made aware of three new suicides within the last ten days–all of these in Utah, two young men and one young woman, all three known to be gay and LDS.  These last several weeks have been deeply troubling for...

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The New LDS Anti-Gay Marriage Letter

There is a theory that if a person traveled back in time and confronted her earlier self, the universe would explode. This appears to be what has happened with the new anti-gay marriage letter put out by the LDS Church and set for widespread distribution this Sunday in all congregations in the U.S. and Canada. The modern LDS Church...

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Religious Freedom, Our Founding Fathers and Marriage Equality

We all learned in elementary school that the Pilgrims came to America so that they could practice their religion without persecution. They were willing to put up with hardships as they left their homes and countries in order to live their religion. We take great pride in these stories of America as a haven for those seeking...

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Why God Allowed Gays to Marry

Jun 28, 15 Why God Allowed Gays to Marry

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, Polygamy

It’s been a wild and crazy week! Even though states have been legalizing gay marriage throughout the individual states, the Supreme Court just made it legal in all 50 states. For many Mormons and Christians this has been a troubling dark time. How could God allow this to happen? How could we lose?  Many end of the world...

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A Gentle Farewell to the Mormon Church

May 19, 15 A Gentle Farewell to the Mormon Church

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, Mormonism

This essay was originally posted on the GailyMormon Blog Edward Jones III * ***** *** **** ***** Salt Lake City, UT 84101 May 11, 2015 Member Records Division, LDS Church 50 E. North Temple, Room 1372 Salt Lake City, UT 84150-5310 Dear Mormon leaders, I am writing you this letter to notify you of my resignation from the LDS Church....

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I Am Your Ally

Recently, I had a dream. (Warning, my subconscious is completely self-indulgent.) I dreamt I saw a lovely house local to me online and I wanted a closer look, so my husband and I took a drive to see it. We pulled up to the house and I looked at it from the outside. The house was indeed lovely. Located on a hill overlooking the...

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From Amici to ’Ohana: The Hawaiian Roots of the Family Proclamation

“Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to September 3, 1991; location, Honolulu, Hawaii, where a local court is hearing the state’s first same-sex marriage case, Baehr v. Lewin.” As we join Mr. Peabody and Sherman on their journey back in time, we remind ourselves what was happening in the Mormon American West in the early 1990s. Ezra...

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