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Answers to Common Questions: Why are Mormons against gay people?

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Why are Mormons against gay people?

We’re not against anyone, and we don’t hate anyone. As Christians, we are taught to show compassion and kindness to all people, whether or not we agree with their beliefs, lifestyle, or behavior. To disagree is not to hate or demean. We believe that nobody should be the target of hateful acts and words or be discriminated against in employment or housing, for instance. At the same time, we believe that sexual relations (whether heterosexual or homosexual) outside of marriage is sin and that God has ordained marriage to be only between a man and a woman. These beliefs are consistent with what Heavenly Father has revealed about the central role of the family (father, mother, and children) in His plan of salvation. This is the core and essence of eternity. This is what endures. Of course, people are free to choose how they live their lives, but that doesn’t change God’s plan, His commandments, or the blessings of keeping them. For more on this topic, visit mormonandgay.org.

Responses are intended for help and perspective, not as official pronouncements of Church doctrine.

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This article originally appeared in the March 2015 New Era.

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