Mormon church facing growing pressure from within on LGBT rights

After the legalization of same-sex marriage, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has sought to continue its strong opposition to marriage equality. The Church released a statement on June 26: “The Supreme Court’s decision does not alter the Lord’s doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God. 

However, within the church, a number of Mormons have been advocating for LGBT equality – and see the ruling as a chance for a clean break from the church’s previous scaremongering. Mormons for Equality executive director Spencer W. Clark said: “It will take time to overcome and repent of our past, but as we’ve seen already, the more that we come to know same-sex couples and their children, the more we discover that our fears were misplaced. Mormons believe in the importance of families, and for increasing numbers of Mormons, that means all families.”

While it’s highly unlikely the Church will change its stance on same-sex marriage any time soon, its members in Mormons for Equality and Mormons Building Bridges represent a softer side of the religion. Read More