Additionally, a transgender individual who has undergone gender-confirming surgery may be baptized only with First Presidency approval, and those considering it are barred from baptism. Mormon Newsroom. February 1, Would your response change if he had never been sexually active? He recalls his feelings being quickly dismissed as 'confusion' or 'admiration for other men.
Enlarge this image. In the updated policy, children living in a same-sex household may not receive a name and a blessingnor be baptized until at least 18 years of age, and must disavow same-sex marriage and no longer be living with a parent who is, or has been, in a same-sex relationship.
I honored the honor code, I asked counselors… and now what do I have to show for it? Franchesca Lopez, a BYU senior who identifies as queer, said that she spoke with an honor code officer after the Feb. A news release issued by the church attributed the policy change to "continuing revelation.
These efforts often relied on claims that same-sex marriage would harm children belonging to same-sex families as well as those children who interacted with them. We want our children to live full and complete lives and this doesn't go far enough to let our kids be in good standing to do that," she said.
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These relationships are still forbidden and subject couples to potential excommunication. However, as a scholar of gender and sexuality in Mormonism, I argue that the decision to bar children of same-sex parents from the church was tied to the conservative fight against same-sex marriage that was finding an increasing acceptance at the time in courts and elsewhere.
The website mormonandgay. Dye, who was over the University Standards Office from to  renamed the Honor Code Office in , stated that part of the "set process" for homosexual BYU students referred to his office for "less serious" offenses was to require that they undergo therapy to remain at BYU and that in special cases this included "electroshock and vomiting aversion therapies.
Retrieved November 16, This pattern indicates a great deal of social pressure on LDS men with homosexual attractions to marry heterosexually, with unfortunate outcomes for many of them and their spouses and children.