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350 Mormons march in Utah gay pride parade

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 3, 2012 | 8:52 pm

Practicing Mormons march in a gay pride parade in Salt Lake City, Ut, Jun 3. Photo by REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Remember all the negative attention that Mormons got for donating to California’s Prop. 8? For the first time Sunday, some members of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints joined in the Utah Pride Parade, with about 350 Mormons marching alongside Utah’s LGBT community.

The Deseret News reports:

Kim Turner said she was a little nervous about what kind of reaction the group would get in the parade because the LDS Church supports traditional marriage between a man and a woman, and the church encouraged members to support Proposition 8 in California defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

“We thought there might be some animosity toward us, but it was the opposite,” she said. “It was so touching. It was very emotional. We saw many people crying along the (parade) route.”
 
She, too, was in tears for most of the parade.

“It was so touching walking along and having people tell us ‘thank you’ when it was our pleasure,” she said. “This was a labor of love, nothing more than that. It wasn’t about politics. It was about love.”

Put in perspective, 350 is a relatively small number. And there is no indication that Mormonism is poised to undergo the same softening on homosexuality that evangelicalism has experienced. But that any Mormons joined in the parade is certainly newsworthy.

The Deseret News does a nice job putting this in context of church doctrine. Read the rest here.

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