Sisters Speak: Welcoming Our LGBTQ Sisters and Brothers into Our Wards
The next issue of the Exponent II magazine will focus on the theme of LGBTQ issues. For the Sisters Speak column of this issue, I would love to hear the opinions of the Exponent community on the questions below. (Note: I might email some of you commenters asking if I might quote you in the magazine.)
I am encouraged in the last few years that Church leaders have generally backed away from asserting that homosexuality is a choice, and that they now often acknowledge that they don’t know how or why people are homosexuals. I’m also encouraged that Church leaders have affirmed repeatedly that having homosexual inclinations is not a sin. These are important steps. However, I can’t help but think that there is/should be room within Mormonism to do more to welcome LGBT folk into our wards. My heart particularly goes out to LGBT Mormons in long term, committed relationships (maybe even married) who are prevented from participating in their wards.