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November 13th, 2009
11:17 AM ET

Mormons + Gays = Strange Bedfellows

The LDS Church was a big backer of California's Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban that passed last November.

So when the church supported an anti-gay-discrimination ordinance in Salt Lake City recently, a lot of folks were surprised.

Kyra took up the issue with Will Carlson, of the group Equality Utah.



soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Sandy

    No surprise to people in Utah who have known the ins and outs of the Mormon church who are not native-mormon. The mormon church runs this state through politics, business and religion. I worked at a network news station many years in Utah as a news producer/writer...its truly inconceivable to what means the mormon church will go to when they bully politics, government and business. You are aware the state and city council sold part of the downtown walk ways and businesses to the mormon church of whom police it with the likes of those they deem "not acceptable." (Separation of church and state does not exist in Utah)

    I did many stories on mormon missionaries "coming out" when returning after years in foreign countries and even other U.S. cities, after living in very close quarters with their "companion" then returning to their families and community to "come out" or psychologically being ruined because they could not. Families of these boys who came home and "came out" were discommunicated if they supported their child's right to be gay "or" they were forced to blackball their own child from their home...i interviewed families that actually put up black drapes on their windows... as their son was now dead to them upon disclosure. Others sent their boys off to be deprogrammed by some kind of psychological brainwashing program. There is actually an organization for Gay Mormon Missionaries.

    Mormon professors at BYU were discommunicated for questioning some of the mormon doctrines intellectually or at least exploring them. Professors who were passionate about their religion and very faithful and true, forced to denounce their teachings or face discommunication...some complied others would not compromise their right for intellectual exploration so they have continued to practice in their own way without connection to the mormon church, a faith they still love..

    As much as the mormon church professes polygamy is prohibited as it is supposedly by law in this state as well, anyone can drive you around Salt Lake City and point out polygamists whom still are active in the mormon church and who enjoy great wealth (you would have to, wouldn't you)? Mansions and neighborhoods who pay their tithings to the mormon church and pay very high property taxes to the city or county or state or all et al.

    Mormons pay 10%+ of their incomes to the mormon church and the business of the mormon church is very big business. Mitt Romney is a Mormon and he is being groomed for the presidency by the mormon church. Mormons have very, very deep pockets and because they enjoy the "privilege" of being a "church" they are entitled to the secrecy of nondisclosure and the benefit of no taxes. Their wealth encompasses every region of the world.

    Seems fitting and a little too close to truth when the Chicago Bulls played the Utah Jazz for the title several years back when Dennis Rodman went awal to Las Vegas between games...Dennis couldn't stand the "atmosphere," Phil Jackson, held a news conference and said something like..."Dennis just took a few days to get away for the "cult" here." A sentiment that many will tell you is closer to the truth than not.

    Don't be fooled by this supposed show of non-discrimination...remember Mitt Romney may be a presidential candidate who must be tolerant and indiscriminatory...the mormon church cannot taint their candidate by seeming intolerable or prudicial.

    November 13, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  2. dennis linville

    Im sorry but any religion that supports a perversion can naot be considered a religion!
    Gays have the right to practice their perversion just as all other perversions do as long as its behind closed doors and by consenting adults.But rights to promote their perversion to our children is a totally unacceptable behavior! If Americans are forced to accept their perversion as acceptable behavior, what about all the other perversions out there between consenting adults? The president has been established if this occurs. Think about the reprocussions of your actions!

    November 14, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  3. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Gays cant reproduce so there has to be an end to this some wheres .

    November 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  4. Jean

    So the talk and broadcast are now all about women and mammograms. Not all women will have breast cancer. Not everyone has the same illness. Strange but true. Why this occurs is beyond my comprehension.
    While I have no interest to take mammograms, the government is trying to save money at the expense of women's health. Why wait until 40 years of age to have a mammogram? I have heard of a US woman who had breast cancer and who died of it. Who knows? There may be more. Why not commence mammograms at least at the age of 20 years? Shocked? The government, the Cancer Society and doctors must not tamper with women's health and deny them crucial X-Rays.
    Precaution is better than cure. What causes breast cancer and how to prevent it? This is what the government, cancer researchers and the doctor should primarily concentrate on so as to inform the public about this prevention.

    November 17, 2009 at 2:21 pm |