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LDS Apology



The campaign and vote on California's Proposition 8 last fall revealed—and caused—some major fractures in the Mormon community. Never before had there been a move to remove any group's rights from the state constitution, guaranteeing it would be hotly contested on many levels. With huge backing from Church headquarters and the Mormon community, the proposition narrowly succeeded and gays and lesbians lost their right to civil marriage. In many cases, the fractures between friends, family members, and coworkers were deep. The Church announced that righteousness had prevailed and that the proximate demise of the family unit was spared. This angered gays and lesbians, who were by implication not righteous and were out to destroy marriage and families. The wounds were rubbed with salt when LDS headquarters asked for civility and sounded the victim trumpet. This further awakened memories of ecclasiastical abuse, broken homes, and damaged souls. The chasm just widened. A new web site, www.LDSapology.org calls for reconciliation on this issue. It contains a petition that will be delivered to the First Presidency on the first anniversary of the passage of Prop. 8. It calls for forgiveness on all sides, recognition of responsibility, and a beginning to the healing. I think it's a good start and I recommend you visit www.LDSapology.org, read the material, and ask for a reconciliation. We don't have to forget, but we have to forgive. Otherwise, our families really will be destroyed. "Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom." Hannah Arendt, writer and Holocaust surviver