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Mormon Church Wants Gays To 'Stay With Us:' VIDEO


The Mormon Church today unveiled a website dedicated to starting a "discussion" on gays and lesbians within the church, or as they say, people with "same-sex attraction."

"When people have those (same-sex) desires and attractions, our attitude is, ‘stay with us,’” Elder Todd Christofferson says in a video on the site, "Mormons and Gays."

"Here more than anywhere, it’s important that there be love, that there be hope. We want to be with you and work together," explains Christofferson. But what he and his peers do not want is same-sex marriage or even same-sex sex.

"Though we don’t know everything, we know enough to be able to say that same-sex attraction is not itself sin," he said. "The feeling, the desire is not classified the same as homosexual behavior itself."

Not surprisingly, the site features more than a few testimonials from people who claim to have "found" a heterosexual life after fighting those aforementioned same-sex attractions.

You can watch the church's official video introducing the site AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Mormons: finding softer and gentler ways to drive their own children to suicide.

    how lovely.

    Mittens have 5 kids, and 18 grandkids. And, apparently, none are gay.

    yeah. right.

    let's see how that works out.

    you're a stupid cult and this is no progress at all.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 6, 2012 12:42:10 PM

  2. Wow, this is the same thing the Catholics did when the last Pope was around. Your orientation is not a sin. Just be happy being lonely and celibate. You do not deserve companionship. And I am sure some people will stay with them for these crumbs. Problem is when you have insisted for decades (or centuries) that you have the Divine Truth it is hard to make a reversal based on something shaky like the medical science that orientations do not change.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Dec 6, 2012 12:51:26 PM

  3. Dear Mormon Church,


    Posted by: J. Alan | Dec 6, 2012 12:52:42 PM

  4. Maybe they are losing church members over their positions in the past (Prop 8 in CA for example) and now they feel it in their pocketbooks. Ridiculous position on same sex attraction but it will convince many that the Mormon church embrasses their "less than equal" members.

    Posted by: David | Dec 6, 2012 12:54:27 PM

  5. *oops "embraces" not "embrasses"

    Posted by: David | Dec 6, 2012 12:55:02 PM

  6. Cue the media and church apologists claiming the Mormon Church is reaching out to the LGBT community. Instead they are just saying what they always say: God might have made you gay but he is sending you to hell if you act on it. Still hateful and hurtful. No thanks.

    Posted by: KP | Dec 6, 2012 12:57:22 PM

  7. "Please stay with us. We want our 10% cut of your pre-tax income...I mean, we love you. Really. We swear."

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Dec 6, 2012 12:57:27 PM

  8. "Stay with us." Yeah, right. And Rihanna should stay with Chris Brown.

    Posted by: RomanHans | Dec 6, 2012 12:57:49 PM

  9. Yes, please stay with us so we can brainwash you and make you hate yourself and give us money.

    Posted by: Jack M | Dec 6, 2012 1:01:08 PM

  10. check out the suicide stats for males in Utah.

    it aint pretty.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 6, 2012 1:04:33 PM

  11. Find THIS.

    Posted by: AJ | Dec 6, 2012 1:07:16 PM

  12. Nothing is going to change them unless their tax exempt status is directly threatened. They didn't let African Americans in at one point, until the Civil Rights Bill passed and they were facing losing tax exempt status. Suddenly, God spoke to them overnight and said it was okay to let African Americans in after all. Hit them where it hurts: their wallets.

    Posted by: AJ | Dec 6, 2012 1:09:49 PM

  13. Stay with you? Let's just take a quote from Porgy and Bess?

    Friends with you, low life?
    I fears I must decline.
    I'd sooner cut my own throat.
    Thank call YOU a friend of mine.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Dec 6, 2012 1:23:59 PM

  14. Well, if the Romney campaign taught us anything about Mormonism it is that they are happy to lie about anything if it benefits them.

    Posted by: Jay | Dec 6, 2012 1:40:32 PM

  15. I agree with J.Alan.

    Posted by: KsBrian | Dec 6, 2012 1:41:32 PM

  16. In the same spirit of "reaching out," I say FU and the convicted con-man you rode in on.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 6, 2012 1:46:31 PM

  17. @ J .Alan ;

    I agree;
    any other comment from me unnecessary.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 6, 2012 1:51:37 PM

  18. It probably wasn't just tax status that encouraged them to let African Americans be full-fledged members (if I remember correctly, they had allowed African Americans to be members but African Americans could not be priests or other religious officials). The civil rights law passed when it did because we reached the point at which a critical threshold of voters believed racial discrimination was wrong. The Mormon's "revelation" might have been motived by tax issues, but also by its desire to attract new members: the alternative would have been to be able to attract only white supremacists and related nuts, plus their existing members could have decided to bail out as well.

    BTW, one person who deserves credit for civil rights and who is never mentioned is Philo Farnsworth (who coincidentally was a Mormon). Farnsworth invented television, which allowed people like Martin Luther King to reach a large audience, and which made some of the abuses much harder to ignore (the firehoses used against peaceful protesters, for example). There were probably a number of people who would have been effective as Martin Luther King before he became a public figure, but without the communication infrastructure, their influence was limited.

    I suspect we'll see the same thing again: a Mormon "revelation" accepting gays as the current Mormon policy becomes more and more of an embarrassment to them.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 6, 2012 1:53:56 PM

  19. As a former Mormon, all I can say is I'm glad I'm out. It's cruel to say that the only way you can be religious is to be celibate. Especially for Mormons, because the only way to get to heaven is to be (straight) married. Grr. Plus, I like the same-sex sexual conduct way too much to go back into a life of celibacy and lonliness. Despite what they think or say, same-sex intimacy is much more natural than celibacy.

    Posted by: Scott in SF | Dec 6, 2012 1:54:04 PM

  20. These people are murderers with sacrificial blood on their hands.

    Posted by: Marc C | Dec 6, 2012 1:54:33 PM

  21. Yeah, I'm sure the Germans loved the Jews too.. Nothing is so much fun as pitying those you deem less than you are, especially when you deem them to Hell.

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 6, 2012 1:55:02 PM

  22. I'd love to give a piece of my mind to the leaders of my former church.
    Actually, several pieces. Starting with, "So, it's OK to be gay, but not to act on it?" And "You're still encouraging social engineering by posting stories of gay people who have made themselves straight to conform."

    *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* At least I'm out of that nonsense.

    Posted by: mirele | Dec 6, 2012 1:57:17 PM

  23. Stay with us, we'll strap electrodes to your balls.

    Posted by: John Normile | Dec 6, 2012 1:57:58 PM

  24. I have nothing but contempt for these people and their fake concern for us.

    Posted by: jht | Dec 6, 2012 1:59:56 PM

  25. I expect the Mormon Church will come around to supporting their gay children, as this church is a morally rigid as 'etch-a-sketch' Romney was.

    Just because this church is malleable doe not make it any more legitimate.

    South Park did the best satire on the roots/beginnings of this cult.... The members may often be 'good people', but the church is nuts!

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Dec 6, 2012 2:07:40 PM

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