In an unequivocal moral slippage, the LDS Church acted out on its anti-same-sex thoughts and announced a policy with regard to membership denial to children living in a same-sex home.
Despite humming an Elder Uchtdorf talk to themselves, the urge to act on anti-same-sex thoughts was simply too much for the church. While the church maintains they accept that anti-same-sex thoughts are real, “[T]here must needs be no verbal expression of the thoughts. The Church distinguishes between anti-same-sex thoughts and behavior. While maintaining that feelings and inclinations against same-sex thoughts are not inherently sinful, engaging in salacious anti-same-sex thoughts is,” reads the church’s former stance. But the church fell victim to salacious desire with the release of this policy:
“A natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same-gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may not receive a name and a blessing,” reads the church’s policy. These children are allowed baptism at age 18 after they’ve moved out of the home, disavowed the practice of same-sex cohabitation and marriage, and received the approval of the First Presidency. These are the rules in lieu of a dearth of camels and an excess of needles.
The church seemed to wait until Elder Boyd K. Packer died, whose words were perhaps a bit too progressive for the church’s preferred stance: “We do not reject you… we cannot reject you, for you are the sons and daughters of God. We will not reject you, because we love you.”
Without Elder Packer’s tireless devotion and advocacy of human rights, it’s difficult to say how much further the church will succumb to its inherent inclinations to act on anti-same-sex thoughts.