Last weekend in General Conference, Elder Packer gave a talk that apparently was meant to speak to the Church’s position on an issue having something to do with Same Sex Marraige. That seems to be what a lot of people got from the talk, but we can’t be sure because President Packer never actually used the words “gay”, “homosexual” or “same sex marriage”.
Here’s a SLT article that reports on the controversy:
Honestly, I’m starting to feel sorry for the Church on the whole “Same Sex Attraction” issue. It’s becoming obvious that the Church leaders just don’t know what the heck to do. They have no solution to the problem, and they know it.
For decades (and centuries), they were able to tell gay LDS to either become heterosexual, or just totally control their homosexual desires. And that worked as long as gay LDS accepted that counsel and kept quiet.
But it seems those days may be coming to an end. Acting (or becoming) heterosexual hasn’t proven to be a good option, and it seems maybe gay LDS don’t want to live without the joy and companionship that can come from living a life (including sharing sex) with someone they love.
And the analogies that LDS draw between gay LDS and single heterosexual LDS don’t seem to be providing the comfort they once did (if they ever did), especially once they realize that single heterosexual LDS have the benefit of hoping they could meet the right person at any time, and the knowledge that their desires for intimacy are God-given and God-approved, if only they could meet the right person.
The sad truth about Elder Packer’s talk is that for years, gay LDS seem to have been asking if this is really the best God’s Prophet’s and Apostles can do when it comes to dealing with the situation, if this is really everything God has to offer when it comes to their place in the Plan of Salvation. And Elder Packer has definitively answered “Yes. Yes it is.”
Frankly, I wouldn’t wish being a gay LDS on my worst enemy.