The Mormon Gay - Introduction i



The first poems in this edition were written in the aftermath of my excommunication from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. My transgression: establishing a celibate Civil Partnership with a companion of 40 years. My compliance with my version of “don’t ask, don’t tell” was clearly compromised by the Church leadership using time and money to promote Proposition 8 in California, a promotion which was accompanied by an exceedingly un-Christian denial of “agency” and the “We know how to get things done” boast of a member of the 12 Apostles. In the light of Church action, I could not simply remain silent, thereby expressing tacit acceptance of wickedness.

In this country, the UK, Civil Partnership is NOT a marriage and is a lawful arrangement enabling people to manage their lives, their taxes, their pensions and their inheritances. Article 12 of the Church, states:

We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

I took comfort from this Article when joining the “strange American Church” in 1992. But the LDS rules on Same-Sex marriage in America are enforced with but lip service to the love that our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ showed to the innocent, let alone to the fallen women and sinners of His day. They are more akin to the impositions placed on Black people in Joseph Smith’s day. But, for the rednecks, the Lord, even in His final agony, left a clear message when he said to the robber crucified with him:

“Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise”

I do not believe gay people in stable relationships commit sin. Certainly, those in celibate relationships do not. The