Utah Gay Rights Advocates Protest Remarks by LDS Church Leader

I fully support the remarks made by the LDS Church, and in fact agree with them. I thought he was very respectful, but still true to the church's Christan beliefs. I also don't have a problem with the protestors, at least they were peaceful. What are your thoughts?

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From the Blaze:

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gay rights activists staged a silent protest Thursday outside the headquarters of the Mormon church in Salt Lake City in response to a church leader’s remarks that homosexuality is an immoral condition that can and should be overcome.

The sermon by Boyd K. Packer, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, came Sunday during the 180th semiannual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City.

In his remarks Packer said some would argue that gays “were pre-set and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn tendencies toward the impure and unnatural. Not so! Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone?”


In a statement issued near the end of the rally, church officials said they support the right of groups to voice their opinion in the public square.

“Those familiar with the Church‘s doctrine on the importance of marriage and family know it is based on principles of respect and love for all of God’s children,” spokesman Scott Trotter said in the statement. “We have continually emphasized that there is no room in this discussion for hatred or mistreatment of anyone.”

A similar statement was issued in the days following Packer’s speech, which also defended the faith’s stance against gay marriage. Packer, 86, who is next in line for the church’s presidency, said those who tolerate or advocate voting for same-sex marriage want to legalize immorality, “as if a vote would somehow alter the designs of God’s laws and nature.”

For more, read the article in the Deseret News.

"I represent a church that believes in human dignity, in treating others with respect even when we disagree — in fact, especially when we disagree," said church spokesman Michael Otterson at a November 2009 public hearing on the ordinance. "Our language will always be respectful and acknowledge those who differ, but (we) will also be clear on matters that we feel are of great consequence to our society."


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