Mormon leaders attack ‘counterfeit’ gay lifestyle
Leaders of the Mormon Church have re-affirmed their opposition to homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is strongly anti-gay, and continues to oppose same-sex weddings despite them being legal in 38 US states.
Speaking at the Church’s biannual conference in Salt Lake City, L Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve stressed the importance of opposing homosexuality.
He said: “We want our voice to be heard against all of the counterfeit and alternative lifestyles that try to replace the family organization that God Himself established.”
Fellow quorum member D Todd Christofferson added: “A family built on the marriage of a man and woman supplies the best setting for God’s plan to thrive — the setting for the birth of children who come in purity and innocence from God.”
In January, a study found that due to the Church’s anti-gay approach, 80 percent of gay and lesbian Mormons have undergone attempts to “cure” themselves of their same-sex attractions.