The Mormon church has created a website asking followers to have compassion for people with “same-sex attraction,” reported AZCentral.
The website features videos of church leaders, Mormons who “are attracted to people of the same sex,” and family members and friends of those individuals.
“Family members with same-sex attraction need our love and understanding,” it reads.
Videos of church leaders say that as long as those with “same sex attraction” don’t enter into relationships with members of the same sex, there are no barriers to church membership or the priesthood.
The website also claims the church will stop necessarily advising gay or lesbian members to marry those of the opposite sex.
The language on the website does not often use the terms gay or lesbian, although it occasionally does.
However, it does remains firm in its opposition to the morality of the issue at hand. “From a public relations perspective it would be easier for the Church to simply accept homosexual behavior. That we cannot do, for God’s law is not ours to change,” it reads.
While the church’s position has not changed, the website says that “what is changing — and what needs to change — is to help Church members respond sensitively and thoughtfully when they encounter same-sex attraction in their own families, among other Church members, or elsewhere.”
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