Mormon Leader: 'I'm Sorry' For Hurtful Legacy of Prop. 8
- Mormon Leader: 'I'm Sorry' For Hurtful Legacy of Prop. 8
By Joanna Brooks
Joanna Brooks grew up in a conservative Mormon home in the orange groves of
Orange County, California. Now, she's an award winning American religion
scholar and writer.
It was, according to those who witnessed it, a historic event for LGBT
Mormons and their allies.
On the morning of Sunday, September 19, about ninety members of the
Oakland, California stake (diocese) of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints met with Elder Marlin K. Jensen, the Church's historian
and a prominent member of the General Authorities, the ranking hierarchy of
Stake President Dean Criddle had invited Jensen to the special
meeting, advising him that many Mormon families in the area continued to
feel hurt by the Church's deep involvement in the Proposition 8 campaign. He
hoped that Elder Jensen would be willing to hear their stories. Elder Jensen
During the one-hour meeting, thirteen gay and straight Mormons came to
the microphone. Many expressed their love for the faith, as well as the
profound pain caused by LDS Church actions towards gays and lesbians. Gay
Mormons recalled years of prayer and fasting, attempted heterosexual
marriages promising to "cure" them, and Church-prescribed aversion therapy.
Gay and straight Mormons spoke of how their families and neighborhoods had
been divided by the Yes on 8 campaign. And some expressed their anger over
the Church's leading role in a political campaign that gave California and
the Mormon community a "license to hate" homosexuals.
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