Gay Activists, Mormon Elders Square Off
GLBT advocates say that they want to see a Mormon elder take back anti-gay remarks he made before a live audience of 20,000 and a televised audience of millions more.
"There are those today who not only tolerate but advocate voting to change laws that would legalize immorality, as if a vote would somehow alter the designs of God’s laws and nature," said Boyd K. Packer, 86, in an Oct. 3 sermon, the Salt Lake Tribune reported on Oct. 4.
"A law against nature would be impossible to enforce," added Packer. "Do you think a vote to repeal the law of gravity would do any good?" Packer’s comments were made during the Mormon Church’s 180th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City. More than 20,000 people were in attendance, and millions of others watched a telecast, the article said.
Packer spoke against the testimony of gays and lesbians and the findings of modern science, both of which indicate that homosexuality is an innate and biological phenomenon. "Not so!" declared Packer. "Why would our Heavenly Father do that to anyone? Remember he is our father." Packer added, "Regardless of the opposition, we are determined to stay on course."
The human Rights Campaign planned to deliver a petition to the Mormon faith’s Church World Headquarters in Salt Lake City on Oct. 12, the day after National Coming Out Day.
"Today thousands of people across the country celebrate National Coming Out Day by deciding to live open and honest lives, or by voicing their support of LGBT people," an Oct. 11 HRC press release stated. "Standing in unity with fair-minded Americans, the Human Rights Campaign--the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization--in partnership with Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons, Equality Utah, and the Utah Pride Center, will hold a press conference tomorrow, Tuesday, October 12 to ask Elder Boyd K. Packer, president of the Mormon Church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles, that he correct his inaccurate and dangerous statements calling same-sex attraction "impure and unnatural," claiming that it can be corrected and characterizing same-sex marriage as immoral.