The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has launched a new campaign to urge their congregation to reach out toward the gay community, asking for more compassion and acknowledging that sexual orientation is not a personal choice.
Mormon leaders have unveiled a new website to encourage members to reach out toward the homosexual community. The site, called Mormons and Gays, is headlined with simply, “Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction.”
The site elaborates:
The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is. Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them. With love and understanding, the Church reaches out to all God’s children, including our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.
They aren’t adjusting the faith’s stance on same-sex marriage, which is still a major point of contention with marriage equality activists, who cite the church’s vehement support for Proposition 8 in California. Prop. 8 passed in California, and was subsequently struck down in a US Court of Appeals.
The case has now been brought to the US Supreme Court along with a number of cases regarding the Defense Of Marriage Act, but the court has yet to decide on whether they will take up any of the cases. If the court turns down the opportunity to review the Proposition 8 case, the previous ruling will stand and California will have effectively legalized gay marriage without affecting any other state or setting any federal precedents.
Typically, SCOTUS announces on Fridays which cases will be granted a review, so we may see the status of these cases change soon.
Meanwhile, in Washington, gay marriage is now officially legal, after the passing of Referendum 74 in November. The law was set to take effect today, and 279 marriage licenses were issued in the first six hours.