No religion has fought harder against same-sex marriage than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In 2008, the church supplied as much as half the money and 90 percent of the early campaign volunteers to pass California’s Proposition 8. But this year, it ducked similar fights. And now it’s rethinking its advice about homosexuality. The Mormon case against gay marriage is beginning to collapse.
The latest sign is a new LDS website, mormonsandgays.org. The site affirms the church’s ban on gay sex but offers several concessions. First, it acknowledges homosexuality as a deeply ingrained condition, often impervious to change. More than a dozen people tell their stories on the site, emphasizing the depth and persistence of their feelings. In a companion video, Todd Christofferson, one of the church’s 12 apostles, cautions that while some Mormons have felt a subsidence of same-sex attraction, others have experienced no change at all.