AP: Study looks at experiences of gay Mormons
- Study looks at experiences of gay Mormons
By JENNIFER DOBNER, Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Evan Clayson came out as gay to his Mormon
congregation from the pulpit in Houston earlier this year.
"I was asked to talk about how the Holy Ghost can be a comforter," the
24-year-old software developer said. "I talked about relying on the Holy
Ghost to boost my self-esteem ... It got a positive reaction. I had a couple
of members give me hugs."
But like many gay Mormons, Clayson wasn't always so open, given the church's
stance on homosexuality.
Like many faiths, Mormonism teaches that any sexual relationship outside of
traditional marriage is a sin, and in the past, the church preached that
homosexual feelings, alone, were a sin. One faith leader last year even
suggested gays could change their sexual orientation through prayer.
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