Sporting Nice Time! Famous Mormon Sportsball Man Tells Gay Mormon Group He Thinks Gay Mormons Are Nifty
Former Sportsball player Steve Young, a Quarter-Of-A-Back for the San Francisco Gold Mining Technicians Sportsballing Team,spoke to a conference of gay Mormons in Salt Lake City Saturday and said, Yay, gay Mormons! Not all Mormons have to be idiots about this gayness thing!
The former BYU quarterback said his goal "is to build bridges with my gay brothers and sisters. We need to see each other as Jesus sees us."
As of press time, there are not yet any reports of somebody's uncle having an aneurysm over the news, though several crippling cases of cognitive dissonance have been reported.
Speaking at the New Frontiers conference, sponsored by the group Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons, the famous sportsball man also "introduced his his wife, Barb, as an advocate for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community."
"There is not a day that goes by that you are not on her mind. She has spent countless hours advocating for you," Young told the crowd.
Barb Young, a Mormon convert whose older brother is gay, actively opposed California's Proposition 8 in 2008, even though leaders of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints enlisted members to work for its passage. The measure banning same-sex marriage was passed by voters.
She urged attendees to be "patient like Jesus" and to love LDS church members as they move toward understanding of their LGBT family members.
"One of the most beautiful things about this church is that it can evolve," she said. "It may not go as fast as everyone wants, but it is evolving."
An unscientific survey of the audience indicated that 80% of those in attendance suddenly found the line "And I believe that in 1978 God changed his mind about black people!" going through their heads.
The Youngs (and most at the conference) are well out in front of official LDS teaching, which holds that same-sex attraction is not a sin, but that doing anything about it is, and the official position is that this is pretty darn modern and tolerant, since all it requires of gay Mormons is that they never ever act on their sexual attractions.
Happily, looks like plenty of Mormons are really good at throwing out the chunks of their theology that don't work so well for actual human beings. Two and a half cheers for Steve Young and other cafeteria Mormons! Now, about that getting rich in the afterlife stuff...
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