QUOTE: “What is your Church’s attitude toward homosexuality? In the first place, we believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. We believe that marriage may be eternal through exercise of the power of the everlasting priesthood in the house of the Lord. People inquire about our position on those who consider themselves so-called gays and lesbians. My response is that we love them as sons and daughters of God. They may have certain inclinations which are powerful and which may be difficult to control. Most people have inclinations of one kind or another at various times. If they do not act upon these inclinations, then they can go forward as do all other members of the Church. If they violate the law of chastity and the moral standards of the Church, then they are subject to the discipline of the Church, just as others are. We want to help these people, to strengthen them, to assist them with their problems and to help them with their difficulties. But we cannot stand idle if they indulge in immoral activity, if they try to uphold and defend and live in a so-called same-sex marriage situation. To permit such would be to make light of the very serious and sacred foundation of God-sanctioned marriage and its very purpose, the rearing of families.” -Gordon B. Hinckley, in General Conference, October 1998. [source]
COMMENTARY: The Mormon position is untenable: “Who needs to get married when you can just rely on the atonement to keep you warm at night? Go ahead. Live a life of loneliness so that we don’t have to feel uncomfortable at what you might otherwise be getting up to between the sheets. We’ll pat you on the back on Sunday and then go home to our spouse and family—which we forbid you to have.” If Mormons who think this way would just turn it around and examine how they would feel if the situation were reversed, they would easily see that it couldn’t possibly be the plan of a loving God. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.