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USA, California: Mormon Mother Who Supported Prop 8 Now Thinks Gay Son is a Blessing

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Mormon Gay SonIn a new film getting its premiere at the Frameline film festival in San Francisco, a Mormon mother talks about the discovery that her son is gay. On Top Magazine reports:

Families Are Forever chronicles the experience of Californians Wendy and Tom Montgomery, who say they didn’t know one of their six children was gay when they were working for Proposition 8’s passage in 2008. Jordan, now 14, says in the film that he considered suicide. “To be honest, before my son came out, I didn’t know any other families who had gay kids,” Wendy told ABC News. “It’s one of the things that’s not talked about in my church, which makes it so much harder to deal with and know who to go to for help… I am a better person for having a gay son. I love differently, and I love more openly. I didn’t realize the judgment I had before I realized that having a gay son was a great blessing and not a burden.”

One of the first things I realized when I first knew that I was gay, even before I truly accepted it, was that this was something that had been given to me to give me the ability to empathize with others who are different than myself. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that who we are is a gift.

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Marie Osmond Speaks Out for Marriage Equality

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

you tube bigMormon celebrity Marie Osmond was interview by Diane Sawyer, and spoke out for marriage equality, talking about her lesbian daughter. Joe.My.God reports:

“I believe in her civil rights. As a mother, I think my daughter deserves everything that she desires in life. She’s a good girl. She’s a wonderful child. I don’t think God made one color flower; I think he made many.”

Good for her. Maybe she will lead some other Mormons to question the Church’s stand against gays and marriage equality.

Prop 8 Ruling’s Dissenting Judge a BYU Graduate

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Prop 8 CaseLiz wrote yesterday about the dissenting judge in the Prop 8 case. It seems he went to Brigham Young University. And 98% of BYU students are Mormons. Just an interesting factoid.

Then there’s the Mormon’s official statement on yesterday’s ruling, via CNN:

Here’s more from the Mormons, who were single-handedly responsible for Prop 8 passing:The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which came under fire for its strong support of the referendum, said through a spokesman that it “regrets” the ruling.

Full Story from America Blog

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WA: Does One Mormon Democratic Senator Hold Fate of Marriage Equality Bill in His Hands?

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
Senator Paull Shin

Senator Paull Shin

Only state Sen. Paull Shin knows what he’ll say if a bill legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples comes up for a vote this session. And the Edmonds Democrat isn’t telling anyone — at least not Senate colleagues, those lobbying him for and against the legislation and also those pestering reporters.

As a result, Shin, on whom the spotlight rarely shines, is awash in attention these days because what he decides may be decisive, even historic. He’s among a handful of Democrat and Republican senators undecided or unwilling to reveal their position on legislation which begins its journey through the political process Monday.

If any of them publicly endorses the bill, he or she will be the 25th committed vote, which is the minimum needed for passage in the 49-member Senate. On the other hand, if every one of the undecided senators votes “no” on the legislation, it fails by a single vote.

Full Story from The Herald

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DC: Would GOP Win Put Anti Gay Mormon Republican in Position to Overturn Gay Marriage?

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

The Washington City Paper‘s new “The Sexist” blogger, Dave Weigel, has a profile out on Jason Chaffetz, the “proto-Tea Party” freshman Republican Congressman from Utah who is poised to head the Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

That’s actually sort of funny, because this guy doesn’t like DC! For example, part of his platform when he ran for office in 2008 was to work to keep the District from getting a vote in Congress. Oh, and he wants to stick DC into Maryland and overturn the legalization of gay marriage.

For people who don’t think a national legislature ought to be mucking around in the nitty-gritty of local government, Chaffetz actually has a fix. It just that his solution doesn’t happen to lie along the D.C. statehood/legal autonomy: In Chaffetz’s idea, most of what we now call Washington, D.C., could become Washington, Maryland.

Full Story from Wonkette

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Mormon Student Questions Church’s Prop 8 Stance, Is Censored

Friday, September 10th, 2010

After serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, twenty-one year old Cary Crall returned home to Temecula, California, in July 2008, just in time for the beginnings of the Church’s intense campaign to pass Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage in California.

Neither the campaign nor the rationale he was hearing from fellow Mormons in support of Proposition 8 sat well with Crall.

In August 2008, he left California for Church-owned Brigham Young University, where he resumed his studies as a neuroscience and mathematics major. But the campaign followed him across state lines. In conversations with non-LDS friends back home in California, Crall relates, “I found myself half-heartedly repeating some of the anti-gay marriage arguments I had read in pamphlets given to me at church meetings. I felt myself losing integrity and self-respect. I wondered why God would ever want me to do things against my own rationality and conscience.”

Full Story from Religion Dispatches

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