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New Mormon Guidelines Becoming Slightly More Gay Friendly

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It's a small step, but at least a step in the right direction.

New Mormon guidelines to be used worldwide by church leaders have been published and there have been some small, but significant changes in their attitude toward homosexuality.

The new handbook has eliminated the suggestion that same-sex relationships "distort loving relationships" and that gays should be ashamed and atone for their "homosexual thoughts or feelings."

It also says that celibate gay Mormons who are "worthy and qualified in every other way" should be allowed to go on church assignments, participate fully in temple rituals, and even have "callings."

Openly gay and active Mormon Mitch Mayne says that the changes are "baby steps in the right direction. At least the handbook takes the damning terminology out of it."

We agree. Of course there are many more changes that need to be changed when it comes to church leaders' attitudes toward homosexuality, but this just opens doors for positive change.

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51 comments to “New Mormon Guidelines Becoming Slightly More Gay Friendly”



  1. 1

    BFD ! They still hate gays! Mormons, and Scientology, kill ! Remember that chick's name … ? Actually, I don't !



  2. 2

    I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST ANYONE IN THE GLBT OR STRAIGHT COMMUNITY BUT YOU HAVE TO STOP THIS GAY SHIT BECAUSE IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU YOU FUCKING FLAMER. THERE ISN'T A SELF-RESPECTING GAY IN THE WORLD WHO WANTS YOU AS THEIR SPOKES-ASSHOLE



  3. 3

    Re: Be-Atch – This actually IS a big deal! Please don't comment if you don't know what you're talking about.



  4. 4

    Mormons? It's a nutty, cult religion. Well, nuttier than most. Who cares what these haters say? They raise self-loathing children who go out and do so much damage in this world to others and themselves. They should be figuring out a way to explain that to their God.



  5. 5

    I am sure Tom Cruise will be happy…maybe SCIENTOLOGY will start chang'n their views, too …..



  6. 6

    Don't you just love seeing all these religions change the rules to suit the social norms. Its sad and just goes to show that no religion is truth if it can be modified.



  7. 7

    Um, isn't the Mormon church behind Prop 8 and other anti-gay measures around the country? This church is anything but gay-friendly.



  8. 8

    Re: roflsaurus – HuH ?



  9. 9

    Mormons are bat-shit crazee !



  10. 10

    Re: roflsaurus – It is a negative deal.

    Gays need to stop trying to ruin religion for those of us who find having two guys screwing each other in the ass……disgusting and not normal.

  11. freak says – reply to this


    11

    man I ain't hating but that it nutty as fk
    and Mario
    NO MAN IS GONNA WANT UR UGLY FAT ASS, HAVE U LOOKED IN A MIRROR TODAY? YUCK AND BARF AND WHERE DID U GET UR TEETH FROM, A RABID PITBULL?

    YOU MADE ME SICK MARIO. SUCH A HYPROCRIT YOU ARE.

    FUCK OFF WITH YOUR GAY AGENDA.
    EVEN THE GAYS HATE YOUR NASTY FAT ASS.

    KEEPIN' IT REALS



  12. 12

    Re: JasonDiggy – Wow…..the Catholics are a lot more fucked up than the Mormons. Really……

    tell the queens in the picture to get a fucking room.



  13. 13

    TO CELEBNEWSJUNKIE: um actually mormons did not change their doctrine. its states specifically that they are only worthy if they dont act upon their feelings. so that means we stick ground to our doctrine. mormons strongly believe that marriage should only be between a man and woman. we still treat them with respect but do not believe its right.

  14. Kate says – reply to this


    14

    This is still the same religion that prohibits women from baring their shoulders and encourages the use of their special magical underwear. Come on. They got their beliefs from a batshit crazy dude who saw the 'word of god' through a seeing stone in the bottom of his hat. This can hardly be considered a step forward.



  15. 15

    When did the Mormon church become celebrity gossip?



  16. 16

    Re: URwhatUeat – And a man sticking his dick in a woman is beautiful or something?



  17. 17

    Nobody cares about your gay agenda. The fact that you are behind them makes me want to oppose all gay rights.



  18. 18

    Oh, please…this is the religion that allows a guy to have more than one wife….crazee !



  19. 19

    My God!



  20. 20

    Re: Kate – wow I don't know where you get your information ,but almost everything you have said is wrong. Mormons don't have special magical underwear. They are called temple garmets and are to be worn in the temple.



  21. 21

    Re: URwhatUeat – oh please….MARRIAGE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RELIGION….and its the HETRO that ruin the act of marriage anyway you mother fucker loser



  22. 22

    god made gay people gay… the churches are not following gods words by disallowing gay people the rights of anyone else that god made …

    allow gays to marry
    allow gays to have children
    allow gays to live normal lives
    is IT SO HARD TO DO!!!



  23. 23

    Re: Be-Atch
    those are called FUNDAMENTALIST mormons, that have nothing to do with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (mormons). Its sad that people have NO idea what they are talking about, because half the stuff that has been said is not true, try going to the church or researching it before u say anything ON LDS.ORG not some random site. This is why there are so many problems in this world bc people bash others for religion, sexual preference, or skin color. No matter what people are going to believe in what they want but bashing others is just making it worse.



  24. 24

    what ldsgirll1 said is 100% right. I'm mormon and we didn't change any beliefs, it's always been that. I am glad however that it is finally become public knowledge that that is the belief. My best friend is gay and it pains me to think that SO many people hate on my religion because of false knowledge and lies. Prop 8 wasn't created by mormons, and wasn't even paid for by the church, it was one man whom willing donated money because of his personal belief. And just because a few people of one religion do something you don't agree with doesn't mean you bash or be hateful towards an entire religion. How does that make you any better of a person in the end? We have agency to do and choose what we want and it's not right to just scapegoat an entire group of people. So before spouting of false statements maybe the haters should actually read some repridable sources and not make themselves look like idiots talking about things they don't know.



  25. 25

    I agree with the people who look at this site, Perez, its waaaay toooo gay. Start your own gay newspaper or write for the Avocate. You are not a gossip blog anymore….every page is in gay gay gay gay….I'm for all gay people but i don't want it in my face constantly.



  26. 26

    Oh wow Perez, really? This is such crap! The church stands by what they believe in and would never change to fit society. Have we ever? No. So why now? Sorry, but this is definately not true..Take it from a Mormon. And leave us alone budd!



  27. 27

    Re: Be-Atch – You're so ignorant. If you actually knew anything about modern day Mormonism you would know that you can be excommunicated for polygamy. It's only fundamentalist offshoots that practice polygamy.

    Every single post that you have made on this topic only shows how ignorant you are. Get your facts straight before you go running your mouth.



  28. 28

    is this still a gossip blog?



  29. 29

    p.s. i used to care about gay rights until it became gays vs. straights or gays vs. religion.



  30. 30

    Re: Be-Atch
    Get your facts straight and read the actually article. it says "The handbook simply repeats what top LDS leaders have been trying to say, but in more explicit terms that many members will understand."

    Mormonism is not a cult and it does not bring up self-loathing children. Last time I checked good standards and a conscience does not equal self-loathing.



  31. 31

    oh, ok. looks like david archuleta's going to be celibate for the rest of his life



  32. 32

    I'm wondering how many more Mormons will be showing up here demanding that Perez get his facts straight? Before any more of you comment, please note that Perez is simply reporting on a story that's already been published widely — so, if you think he's got it wrong, a lot of folks in the press got it wrong first. But, of course, they didn't, and neither did Perez, who got it right, as usual.

    But hey, once the defenders of the Mormon faith get done objecting here, it'll be interesting to come back and fact-check *their* comments. Judging by several of the comments they've left so far, many of them don't know very much about their own religion.



  33. 33

    It is a 'dreadful' religion that has to go to third world countries to get new members/converts. It pays for all of this via taking 10% off everyone's income…truly, bizaar…..I am sure it has some good points, but me suspects those at the top do drugs and sex orgies, paid for by the peons….AND, doesn't Utah have the highest rate, per capita, of cable porn services … ? Just say'n….



  34. 34

    Re: Wosener – LoL ! ! ! Yes, poor David !



  35. 35

    honestly.. this sight is becoming nothing more then news updates on issues face the gay community.. its not even celebrity gossip anymore.. might as well change the name and just use it to advocate gay rights because clearly the celebrity gossip is lacking.

  36. sanaa says – reply to this


    36

    LOL they have to, all their pretty missionaries are coming home and declaring themselves gay, it's being treated like an epidemic in Utah



  37. 37

    BEING GAY IS A SIN, THERES NOTHING MORE TO SAY



  38. 38

    GAYS GO TO HELL, NOT HEAVEN



  39. 39

    ewww barf! please keep that behind closed doors! thats the last thing i wanna see - two dudes kissing, uck



  40. 40

    It's not about gays v. straights, or gays v. religion. It's about softening hearts both within the gay and straight communities, and it *is* a positive step. Gays and lesbians deserve to be treated as equals everywhere. While these are small steps, they are steps in the right direction. We’ve removed much of the damning terminology. But what remains troubling to me, is that we still reduce homosexuality to an act of sex—and it is not. Homosexuality is no more just about sex with someone of the same gender, than heterosexuality is just about sex with someone of the opposite gender. Sexual orientation is a key component of our identities, and is much more complex—and is about who we’re drawn to both emotionally and physically, and who we want to share our lives with.



  41. 41

    i am mormon, and this isnt anything new, we have always allowed anyone who doing good to have callings and all those things, including gays. our church hasnt changed at all… people are just starting to say more for others to understand us more. thats all. its all been the same for a long time. :)



  42. 42

    Re: Be-Atch – no this isnt the religion that allows a man to have multiple wives. sorry to burst your bubble, but youre wrong. mormons have one partner, just like every other religion,



  43. 43

    ldsgirl1 is correct. This is not a change. These guidelines have been in place all along. Thanks to the other LDS posters who have corrected so many erroneous comments by posters here (such as those unfounded comments by celebnewsjunkie).



  44. 44

    It *is* a positive step. It's not sweeping, but it's still good news. Too many gay Mormons feel alienated from the church that they love, and that's not a good thing. But we still reduce homosexuality to an act of sex—and it is not. Homosexuality is no more just about sex with someone of the same gender, than heterosexuality is just about sex with someone of the opposite gender. Sexual orientation is a key component of our identities, and is much more complex—and is about who we’re drawn to both emotionally and physically, and who we want to share our lives with.



  45. 45

    Re: SurfGrlCoco – Go Surfgrl!



  46. 46

    HOMOSEXUALITY IS CONSIDERED A SIN BY ALL MAJOR RELIGIONS. THIS DOESNT MEAN THAT THE MORMON CHURCH WILL EVER ACCEPT IT ANYMORE THAT IT WILL EVERY ACCEPT THEFT, RAPE OR MURDER



  47. 47

    Oi! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Changes their minds on issues like this more often than Jehovah's Witnesses change their minds with regards to the date of Armageddon. I just wish everyone would MAKE UP their minds about this kind of stuff.



  48. 48

    This goes out to EVERYONE who bashes against the Mormon religion….why don't you learn about it before just bashing on it? and there are many religions that are more nuts than the mormon religion. Why is that people only pick on the mormon religion? what about the other ones? are people really that stupid…oh wait yeah they are. grow up!



  49. 49

    Why is it that Mormons are such a small % of the California population, yet they provided most of the $$ and nearly all the volunteers to get Prop 8 passed? Whine all you like about Mormon "bashing" but it doesn't change the fact that Mormons own Prop 8. Even the actors in the campaign ads were Mormon.



  50. 50

    Re: celebnewsjunkie – EXACTLY !!!



  51. 51

    WOW… this really is a bunch of crap… What ldsgirl1, pnkluv4 and stretchypants said is absolutely true. To everyone who stuck up for the LDS religion- Thanks! To those of you wondering- Yeah i am mormon- and no we arent crazy. To my co-worker- your my friend and i respect you immensely. But this is me, and this is my religion. Please make sure something you hear is true before you go spreading it around.