Gay Rights v. Natural Family
I’m a Mormon and I’m conservative. Here are some answers to questions you may have:
Are Mormons anti-gay? Read this short explanation.
Next, here’s the Mormon website about being Mormon and gay
Is there a “gay agenda?” You decide.
Sharon Slater, President of Family Watch International, is a vigilant watchdog of the United Nations policies opposing the natural family. She is to be commended for producing this informative video. Any federally-elected official involved in foreign policy or state-elected official involved in family policy must watch this video and become better educated on the vigorous agenda the progressive Left is imposing from the international to the local levels of governance.
That should settle it.
My Personal Background
I grew up in Hollywood, California and was active in my Mormon congregation there. Needless to say, there were gay Mormons back then in abundance in that environment at Church. They actively participated in our church activities without discussion about their orientation.
Years later, while living in the New York City area, I owned an entertainment-related company. About 50% of my employees were gay. I hired them because I knew them – they were friends from shows we had performed in together. And they were the most qualified.
One day in our preparations, my new managing director approached me and said, “So, how is this going to work anyway – a Mormon and a gay man?” That was easy.
“Matt, I hired you because you are about the funniest and most talented guy I know. You are perfect for working with the young and aspiring talented people that will attend our program. They are coming to NYC to work with the best in the Broadway industry. Their parents are counting on us to give them a great experience and to make it safe. So I’ve set up ‘BYU standards’ – modest dress, no alcohol, no vulgar language and a high standard of morality. It doesn’t matter what lifestyle our employees have – heterosexual or homosexual – we will keep that information within our own private four walls and present a professional environment. The reputation of the company and its future success depends on it.”
No further questions were asked. We had a great experience. I loved the work he did for us – and I miss it all very much. I have known many gay people from my performing days on a personal level from being in rehearsals and on stage with them night after night. We have laughed and cried and loved working on stage and behind the scenes together. I’ve lost a few friends to AIDS along the way, too.
As my daughter began competing in the Miss America organization, some of her best supporters and coaches were gay. I am deeply appreciative of all the encouragement they gave her. We had such fun times! And what a terrific experience that was for her!
Mormons are taught to treat all people decently. Nothing has changed about any of that.
Conversely, it is discouraging to be called a “bigot” and other hateful names and to receive threatening phone calls because I’ve spoken out publicly on this sensitive topic. However, I understand that those who are critical simply do not know my background and how I’ve approached this subject.
But my deeply-held religious view is that marriage is for the purpose of bearing children and raising them in the healthiest, most optimal environment. Not a single social science study can show that any other environment is better than a home with both a mother AND a father.
It’s not about the adults. It’s about the children.