Mormon LGBT Rights Advocate John Dehlin Faces Excommunication: VIDEO


John Dehlin, a Mormon advocate of LGBT rights, has said that no decision has been made on whether he will be excommunicated from the church.

Last month a top Mormon official reiterated the church's stance against same-sex marriage.

Speaking to The Washington Post, Dehlin, who runs the Mormon Stories website, said that regional Mormon church leader Bryan King told Dehlin he needed time to think and pray on whether to send the case to a disciplinary panel.

Writing on Mormon Stories, Dehlin says “that many LDS church leaders have good intentions, but I am deeply troubled by their historical and current treatment of women, racial and sexual minorities, and scientists/intellectuals.”

He also writes:

“I believe that I am being considered for disciplinary action because of: 1) the popularity of Mormon Stories podcast, 2) my support for LGBT rights within Mormonism, and for the legalization of same-sex marriage, 3) my support for Ordained Women, and 4) I believe that both local and high-level church leaders are blaming Mormon Stories for the fact that some people inevitably leave the church.”

Although Mormon officials have not specifically discussed the case, they have said the church welcomes questions and conversations about the faith.

Dehlin has agreed to no longer talk with the media about the case.

Watch a video of Dehlin speaking about LGBT rights at a TEDx talk this past November, AFTER THE JUMP…


  1. RickS says

    It’s difficult for me to understand why religion, Mormon or Islam or Christianity or any other, is so insecure. If current religions represent the truth in all things, how could anyone such as John Dehlin be a threat?

  2. Bill says

    @Ricks: he’s considered a “threat” because he’s suggesting that people think for themselves and not believe something just because they were told to believe it.

    The people who get to tell large numbers of people what to think really don’t like people who suggest that one should question commonly held beliefs that just might be wrong.

  3. oncemorewithfeeling says

    Excommunication will be the best thing that has ever happened to him.

    Why would anyone want to try to change Mormon Cult, Inc.? He should be working to un-brainwash all its members, instead.

  4. Richard Harney says

    I actually celebrate when people are excommunicated from churches. The churches just keep moving themselves further and further from relevance. They show their true colors.

  5. UFFDA says

    Excommunication is any church’s way to both announce the implausibility of its beliefs and to ineffectively defend them.

  6. Lexis says

    Excommunication (empahasis on the “communication”) seems rather ineffective and pointless in an era when just about anyone can start their own religion and start “communicating” with like minds over the Internet. In the olden days, excommunication was a form of social ostracism. But with social networking across the globe, excommunication doesn’t mean much. Just go find new people to hang and worship with.

  7. ExMormonGayGuy says

    Mr. Dehlin may not be the most orthodox of Mormons, but his moderate voice certainly represents an enormous segment of the church’s membership. He’s absolutely right to speak up about the church’s historical and contemporary oppression. The church itself has a history of modifying or abandoning “truths” it once proclaimed to be eternal and invariable, per God. What really strikes me about the church’s current high-profile excommunication fervor, aside from the seriousness of it in the context the Mormon life-bubble, is the stringently anti-intellectual element. While the old men from white dynastic families that have always ruled the LDS church have never been noted for intellectual acuity, the church wasn’t always this adverse to thinking people in its ranks. Clearly, they feel threatened by people who can think for themselves, to the extent that they will persecute people who question, in the spirit of Christ, the human cost of unfair oppression and bias.

  8. Bill says

    @Lexis: ex-communication means kicking a person out of a church and not letting them participate in that church’s religious rituals. In the case of Christians, ex-communication implies being barred from the communion ritual.

  9. emjayay says

    First, the Mormon church is based on absurd claims by a small town huckster. A lot of their beliefs are ridiculous and completely contracted by modern science and anthropology. Then it’s even doubly insane in that it was invented our in modern far post-Enlightenment scientific age.

    I’m guessing gay stuff is a particular threat to them because they are so big on everyone having giant families to make more and more Mormons.

  10. bbock says

    The path seems clear to me. Rather than change the beliefs and teachings of an ignorant church, leave. It worked for Luther.

  11. Nelson says

    Instead, he should do all he can to expose the Mormon Cult for the nonsense it is, by publishing as many truths about its background and history of craziness as possible, and in the process also show that it should no longer be tax exempt due to its massive amounts of money involved in politics.

  12. Daniel says

    This is too bad. Dehlin has always been about keeping communication going. Sad that the church can’t stomach that.

  13. says

    being excommunicated from the LDS is like being banned from a Fox News Chat Room – they don’t want you spreading the truth to the idiots who need ignorant-groupthink to feel secure in their insecurities.

  14. Fred says

    Such constructive and brilliant comments. It’s so funny to read comments of the Galacticly Stupid. Such an obsession with tearing down Mormons. Yeah they’re really a shady group. Family centered, good citizens, high morals striving to follow Christ. What losers! Should be promoting LGBT and other widely accepted perversions.

  15. Bill says

    Mormon stories and A letter to a CES Director are big even in far off New Zealand. Light shining in the darkness, but the darkness comprehending it not.