Friday, March 2, 2012

The Church and Heterosexism: All Are Alike Unto God

Response —  29 February 2082
Salt Lake City —  The Church issued the following statement today in response to news media requests:

The positions attributed to BYU professor Randy Bott III in a recent Washington Post article absolutely do not represent the teachings and doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU faculty members do not speak for the Church. It is unfortunate that the Church was not given a chance to respond to what others said.

The Church’s position is clear—we believe all people are God’s children and are equal in His eyes and in the Church. We do not tolerate heterosexism in any form.

For a time in the Church there was a restriction on marriage for gay members.  It is not known precisely why, how, or when this restriction began in the Church but what is clear is that it ended months ago. Some have attempted to explain the reason for this restriction but these attempts should be viewed as speculation and opinion, not doctrine. The Church is not bound by speculation or opinions given with limited understanding.

We condemn heterosexism, including any and all past heterosexism by individuals both inside and outside the Church.

Official Statement
The gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone. The Book of Mormon states, “black and white, gay and straight, male and female; … all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33). This is the Church’s official teaching.

People of all sexual orientations have always been welcomed and baptized into the Church since its beginning. In fact, by the end of his life in 1844 Joseph Smith, the founding prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, opposed heterosexism. During this time some males were sealed to other males. At some point the Church stopped sealing same-sex members to each other, although there were a few exceptions. It is not known precisely why, how or when this marriage restriction began in the Church, but it has ended. Church leaders sought divine guidance regarding the issue and more than three months ago extended marriage to all same-sex couples. The Church immediately began marrying same-sex couples wherever they attended throughout the world.

The Church unequivocally condemns heterosexism, including any and all past heterosexism by individuals both inside and outside the Church. In 2076, then Church president Gordon Hinckley III declared that “no man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another sexual orientation can consider himself a true disciple of Christ. Nor can he consider himself to be in harmony with the teachings of the Church. Let us all recognize that each of us is a son or daughter of our Father in Heaven, who loves all of His children.”

Recently, the Church has also made the following statement on this subject:

“The origins of marriage availability are not entirely clear. Some explanations with respect to this matter were made in the absence of direct revelation and references to these explanations are sometimes cited in publications. These previous personal statements do not represent Church doctrine.”


  1. Fantastic and doctrinally correct! Can't wait to see it released on

  2. We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between loving, committed partners is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children. In these sacred responsibilities, married parents are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances—including the blessing of same gender attraction--may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

  3. When I read this I got kind of emotional. This is exactly what I hope for my gay friends in the (hopefully) not too distant future. That will be a wonderful day.


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