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Mormon Lobbyist Joins Forces with LGBTQ Organization

Posted on: August 22, 2016

A photo of the  Salt Lake Temple church. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, It is the largest Mormon church of its kind.

The Salt Lake Temple is the largest LDS Church. It is located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Photo credit: Roger Asbury / Shutterstock.com

The Church of Latter Day Saints, also known as Mormons, don’t have the best track record when it comes to LGBTQ rights. They were instrumental in pushing California’s Prop 8, which limited marriage to heterosexual unions. The sting of those actions might have been reduced a bit by the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage across the country, but there are other problems, too. Last November, the Church ruled that same-sex Mormon couples were “apostates” and forbade their children from baptism and other rites until they turned 18. That’s a pretty serious penalty for being in love.

But the LDS Church seems conflicted when it comes to the LGBTQ community. Despite this, they helped pass groundbreaking anti-discrimination laws in Utah as far back as 2009, and have been working with a local rights group, Affirmation, to improve the lives of LGBTQ people in Utah. One of the men who have been instrumental in maintaining that relationship is Bill Evans, who even worked on the Prop 8 campaign in his role as a lobbyist for the Church.

But Evans has retired from LDS Church Public Affairs and has gone on to join the board of Affirmation. He’s established a solid relationship with the group, and has parlayed that into a position that will allow him to continue working toward improving the relationship between the LGBTQ and Mormon communities. This turn of events illustrates two things that are important to keep in mind while continuing the struggle for LGBTQ rights. First, it shows that people can change, and it’s possible to work on Prop 8 one day, and work to expand LGBTQ rights the next. Evans has proven that people can change and revise their thinking. And secondly, it illustrates the patience and forgiveness of the community, that Affirmation was willing to work with Evans, and has invited him into the organization as an ally. It shows that the community can put progress before holding a grudge.

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