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Brigham Young University Pulls Hallmark Same-Sex Wedding Cards

CardSame-sex wedding greeting cards have been removed from the Brigham Young University (BYU) bookstore in Provo, Utah, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

BYU is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which believes that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

The Hallmark cards reading "Mr. and Mr." and "Mrs. and Mrs." were removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. According to BYU spokesperson Carri Jenkins, Hallmark stocked the shelves without realizing the school wouldn’t want to sell the cards celebrating same-sex marriages.

Explaining why the cards were removed, Jenkins cited BYU’s honor code which states "homosexual behavior includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings.”

Although the university does not intend to end its contract with Hallmark, staff have asked the company to not leave similar cards in the bookshop in the future.

Last month we reported that John Dehlin, a Mormon advocate of LGBT rights, was facing excommunication from the church.

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  1. said a BYU Spokesperson: "you need to understand that Mormons tithe a lot of their income to the Church, and have many children. Meaning each family has at least one gay kid. We're simply doing what we can to ensure a thinning of numbers, which Utah's gay male suicide rates for those between the ages of 15 and 30 are so high. Anything that would let those gays know they're welcomed and loved and worthy of respect and grace needs to be forbidden."

    then mitt romney's son said "i want to punch a black person! I'm a mormon!"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 21, 2014 1:07:51 PM

  2. As a young LDS laddie I spent some time at BYU in a "this is what college is like" program for youth. I was surprised to see a copy of "Alice Cooper Goes To Hell" in the campus record store (although I bought "Yessongs" instead.) I guess Satanic imagery is preferable to love between two committed people at BYU but whatever. I'll never forget sitting in what was supposed to be a introductory college course on the subject of Astronomy during which the lecturer frequently mentioned God's will and hand in the creation of Creation. It might have been about then that I started to question the precepts of my faith. Or maybe it was the Jell-o salad in the cafeteria, not sure which did it, but thank God I'm gay!

    Posted by: TheOtherOne | Aug 21, 2014 1:12:59 PM

  3. You're allowed to be gay. You're just not allowed to think, say, or do anything gay or else God will get, like, super pissed.

    Now I get it.

    Posted by: Footwork61 | Aug 21, 2014 1:17:33 PM

  4. But they stock plenty of wedding anniversary cards for when you need to buy them for your 8 wives.

    Posted by: MATTROCKS | Aug 21, 2014 1:22:37 PM

  5. It's the kinder, gentler church!

    Posted by: KT | Aug 21, 2014 1:45:55 PM

  6. It is a wonderful thing to be gay among Mormons, or anyone else, who disapproves. This is because it can and should instruct one so forcefully in what the truth really is and how utterly mistaken the majority can be. You ARE gay and they (whomever they are) are mistaken to both counter and resist this self-known fact. Keep the cards on the rack because their are plenty of Mormon people of the same gender who fall in love with one another and want to celebrate their love.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 21, 2014 2:01:30 PM

  7. Its always fun to see Mormons defending traditional marriage.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 21, 2014 2:07:48 PM

  8. Appropriate response from hallmark would be to stop delivering *any* cards to that store. Problem solved.

    Posted by: phluidik | Aug 21, 2014 2:24:49 PM

  9. A university named after a man who practiced genocide against the native americans in utah and also went to war with the USA

    on 11 September 1857, more than 120 California-bound settlers from Arkansas, Missouri and other states, including unarmed men, women and children, were killed in remote southwestern Utah by a group of local Mormon militiamen. This event was later called the Mountain Meadows massacre

    Posted by: HIS | Aug 21, 2014 2:31:38 PM

  10. Perhaps everyone should send one of these cards to the University president with a simple message inside: "Bigots!"

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Aug 21, 2014 3:11:24 PM

  11. Why is Hallmark doing business with these kinds of people?

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 21, 2014 3:28:29 PM

  12. @RANDY - exactly my question too. Hallmark should cease and desist all commerce with BYU and any other organization that openly discriminates against any minority.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 21, 2014 4:42:55 PM

  13. I'd like to know the logic of how giving a greeting card to SOMEONE ELSE violates their "honor code."

    Posted by: PDX Tim | Aug 21, 2014 5:37:46 PM

  14. The mormons are acting like mormons. Why is everyone so surprised? Disgusted, yes. Surprised ... c'mon people, they're like the catholics, with minds like cement: all mixed up and permanently set.

    Posted by: Squirt | Aug 21, 2014 10:01:21 PM

  15. ..and then those "gay" folks disappear from the face of the (their) Earth
    such fools they be, as if the Mormon boys and girls around the Earth do not "engage" It is NOT a myth! Magic underwear is the first off.

    Posted by: L G. | Aug 22, 2014 4:26:00 AM

  16. I'm going to make the point more succinctly about the Mormons and what they believe about marriage. Before Utah wanted to become a State, they believed marriage could be between one man and many women. So their 'beliefs' have changed to fit requirements - as they did over black people and the 'priesthood'.

    PS I was excommunicated from the LDS church for being gay. There was no 'kinder church' then!

    Posted by: MJD | Aug 22, 2014 6:43:48 AM

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