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Group of Mormons Join Utah Pride Parade Again

Monday Jun 3, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY -- For a second straight year, a large group of Mormons took part Sunday in the Utah Pride Parade in a show of support for the gay community.

Some 400 people from the grassroots group Mormons Building Bridges marched under a banner reading "Family Reunion" in the annual parade in Salt Lake City.

Last year, their participation marked the first time such a large group of Mormons had joined the parade.

Mormons Building Bridges organizer Erika Munson told The Salt Lake Tribune ( HTTP://BIT.LY/1ASR16Q ) that the group and others have helped change public attitudes toward gay people. She notes bishops no longer excommunicate members who come out.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints still teaches its members that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that same-sex relationships are sinful. But the church recently launched a campaign encouraging members to be more compassionate toward gay and lesbian members of the church.

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  • gdhamf, 2013-06-03 16:23:24

    In other words we still hate you and want to see you in hell, but we will still take your money and try to look less nasty to avoid the backlash.

  • Bob K, 2013-06-03 19:02:09

    THEY NEEDED A WAY TO STOP LOOKING SO HATEFUL and to avoid losing entire mormon families when one kid came out, and the family didn’t discard him. Thus, the latest strategy is to "love the Gay people, but encourage them to never have sex or love until they have put the church first and marry heterosexually"

  • gdhamf, 2013-06-03 20:35:21

    When one of them try yo deny their nature and marry someone of the same gender and proves it is genuine, then and only then will I even listen.

  • Pirmin, 2013-06-04 23:05:15

    How nice that they feel so better about themselves.

  • monkey801, 2013-06-05 12:44:47

    Everyone seems to look on this with such negativity and arrogance. I know some of those 400 people and they were there for good reasons! Not what everyone is interpreting them to be. Yes, even if they accept us all 100%, their religion believes we are sinning and likely it always will. That’s their right as a religion! Now that steps are being made in the right direction, if ever so small, DON’T PUSH THEM BACK! I fight for peace, and I feel that I stand nearly alone. Join me in this and fight for peace always, causing more problems you might as well all be baptist ministers and homophobes!

  • Wayne M., 2013-06-05 21:29:42

    I believe we have to look at this as a sign of progress. Yes, change is much slower than we may like, but sometimes the change that comes slowly over time is the change that lasts. Fast change often brings a negative reaction.

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