Are your parents gay?

CHURCH POLICY: “A natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same-gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may be baptized and confirmed, ordained, or recommended for missionary service only as follows: A mission president or a stake president may request approval from the Office of the First Presidency to baptize and confirm, ordain, or recommend missionary service for a child of a parent who has lived or is living in a same-gender relationship when he is satisfied by personal interviews that both of the following requirements are met: 1. The child accepts and is committed to live the teachings and doctrine of the Church, and specifically disavows the practice of same-gender cohabitation and marriage. 2. The child is of legal age and does not live with a parent who has lived or currently lives in a same-gender cohabitation relationship or marriage.” –LDS Church Handbook 1, section 16.13. [source]

COMMENTARY: Since the church is obviously concerned about families and family unity, they will certainly begin every missionary contact with this question rather than wait for a conversion before finding out that baptism is impossible without precipitating familial discord, right? Because to do otherwise would seem to indicate they care more about numbers than about people. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.

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