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Mormon Church Leaders Call for Openness with Gay Members

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — In a dramatic policy shift, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, or Mormon Church) has launched a new Website aimed at gay church members and those non-gay members who are interested in a more meaningful discussion about homosexuals within the church.

Leaders were quick to clarify that their shift towards a compassionate conversation does not alter church teachings about the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, but the site—“Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction”—calls for “love” and openness in facing the challenges of being gay and LDS.

“Reconciling same-sex attraction with a religious life can present an especially trying dilemma,” the site’s presentation states, in an appeal to keep gay members within the fold. “Anyone who lives in both worlds can attest to its difficulty. But with faith, love and perspective, it can be done.”

“Same-sex attraction itself is not a sin, but yielding to it is,” the site explains. “However, through repentance Jesus Christ will offer forgiveness.”

The presentation notes that gay Mormons who are not engaged in same-sex relationships can enjoy “full fellowship in the church.” It added that LDS authorities will stop “advis[ing]” gay members to “marry those of the opposite sex.”