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Mormon leader calls for including people of diverse ‘sexual attractions’

Mormon leader calls for including people of diverse ‘sexual attractions’

Are Mormons opening their minds about homosexuality?

A call for inclusiveness and diversity was made at the twice-yearly Mormon general conference at the weekend.

Jeffrey R Holland, a long-time member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said there is room in the faith for people of ‘different sexual attractions’ as long as they obey God’s commandments.

This is being seen as part of a call for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to not be seen as ‘out-dated’ in a world growing more accepting of LGBTI rights.

‘There is room for those who speak different languages, celebrate diverse cultures, and live in a host of locations. There is room for the single, the married, for large families and for the childless,’ he said.

‘There is room for those who once had questions regarding their faith and room for those who still do. There is room for those with differing sexual attractions.’

Holland proclaimed: ‘There is a place for everyone who loves God’.

Two pieces of media on homosexuality was released by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in, one for outsiders and one for members.

Published on the Mormon and Gay website was a video about a family that accepts their gay son. And in the members’ magazine was an article that described love between same-sex couples as ‘counterfeit’.

Gay converts to the church must agree, at their baptismal interview, to remain chaste, never enter into a homosexual relationship and marriage is between a man and a woman. Any child of same-sex parents is banned from receiving a blessing unless they ‘specifically disavow the practice of same-gender cohabitation and marriage’.

LDS members also famously bankrolled a lot of the campaign for Proposition 8, the law that banned same-sex marriage in California.