A Mormon church leader has claimed that there are no homosexuals in the religion.
Mormon leader David A Bednar, who sits on the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made the claim when asked about the Church’s approach to gay members.
It comes after the Church rolled out a harsh new anti-LGBT policy last year, which expelled children of gay parents from the church unless they ‘disavow’ their parents’ relationships.
Bednar insisted: “First I want to change the question – there are no homosexual members of the Church.”
“We are not defined by sexual attraction… we are not defined by sexual behaviour.
“We are sons and daughters of god and all of us have different challenges in the flesh.”
He continued to claim that some people have “challenges in the flesh”, but that such homosexual “afflictions” don’t constitute a sexuality, because Mormons will try to cure them.
His comments might come as a surprise to the many openly gay Mormons – like the thousands of people who rallied outside the church last year when Bednar and friends implemented their new anti-gay policy.
Perhaps he wasn’t looking out his window that day.
It’s not like there aren’t any famous gay Mormons either – Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn has been vocal about reconciling his faith and homosexuality, even making out with Dustin Lance Black in a music video while maintaining his Mormon beliefs.
In 2014, two Mormons released a photo book showing them having fully-clothed simulated sex, to mock the institution that they were brought up in.
The book, which Bednar must have not read, features Missionaries Elder Kimball and Elder Searcy posing in different sexual positions.
The Mormon Church is not the first to make the ludicrous claim – the Iranian President claims there are no homosexuals in his country.
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