Homosexuality

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Savior comments that marriage is not for everyone.
26) For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
  • "Church Supports Call for Constitutional Amendment", Ensign, July 2006, p. 74
... prohibiting same-sex marriage.
"... marrage between a man and a woman is ordained of God."
  • Dallin H. Oaks, "He Heals the Heavy-Laden", General Conference, Oct. 2006, Sunday Morning Session
Contains a good quote regarding the irrelevance of why people have same-gender attraction.
  • Tadd R. Callister, "The Inevitable Apostasy", pp. 212-216
Early church condemnation of homosexuality.
  • Josephus, "Flavius Josephus against Apion", 2.37
Sodomitical practices ascribed to the gods by the Greeks, Thebans, and Eleans.
Elder Holland discusses the issue of same gender attraction.
Same gender attraction not a sin. It is homosexual sex that is a sin.
  • First Presidency statement to General Authorities, Area Seventies, and the following in California: Stake and Mission Presidents; Bishops and Branch Presidents, "Preserving Traditional Marriage and Strengthening Families", 20/Jun/2008
First Presidency statement requesting that members support a constitutional ammendment on the ballot stating that only marriage between a man and a woman will be valid in California.
Gay/Lesbian interests described as one of the 3 influences that are causing members to be misdirected in 1993.
Packer makes it clear that those experiencing same-sex attraction are not to be wholly disregarded, and do have special needs that require attention.
(The main thrust of the article is that it is not appropriate that special interests erode loyalty to the Lord's servants simply because they do not spend their time focusing on special interests.)
An address given by Elder Bruce C. Hafen at the Evergreen International annual conference.
  • Cameron P., "Children of homosexuals and transsexuals more apt to be homosexual.", J Biosoc Sci. 2006 May;38(3):413-8.
A 2006 paper concluding that the "findings suggest that parents' sexual inclinations influence their children's."
  • Schumm WR., "Children of homosexuals more apt to be homosexuals? A reply to Morrison and to Cameron based on an examination of multiple sources of data.", J Biosoc Sci. 2010 Nov;42(6):721-42. Epub 2010 Jul 20.
"The results confirm an evolving tendency among scholars to cite the possibility of some degree of intergenerational crossover of sexual orientation."
"First, far less is known about the causes of same-gender attraction than is claimed to be known."
"Second, the personal well-being of those struggling with same-gender attraction often declines with each so-called public victory for same-sex attraction."
"Third, in the chasm between man’s ways and God’s laws regarding same-gender issues, there stand earnest souls yearning for understanding and solutions to what for them is a moral conundrum."
"Who We Really Are."
"Mortal Conditions versus Immortal Possibilities."
"We Know All Mankind May Be Saved."
When we think of people with same sex attraction, we usually don’t imagine a temple-married, active LDS, mother of two. Yet that is what we find in this interview with “Samantha.” Interestingly, a person such as she may not be as uncommon as we often believe. LDS Family Social Services estimates that 4-5 members in the average LDS ward experience same gender attraction. Most of those are married with children. In this interview, “Samantha” tells about her experiences with Church leaders at BYU and in her home ward over the years. She also helps to provide insight into how fellow family members and ward members can help lift the burden of someone who experiences same gender attraction.
Interesting article on attitudes towards same-sex attraction. Briefly, both men and women would be more upset to have their partner cheat with a man, rather than with a woman.
McClintock's research presents findings that support her hypothesis that women who are successful in mating are more likely to strongly identify as heterosexual, while other women have an increased likelihood of expressing a more fluid gender identity. This affect is not found to be a significant influence in mens' sexuality, who tend to identify as completely heterosexual or completely homosexual.
Phthalataes are endocrine inhibitors, are tend to have a feminizing affect. Female and male genital development affected. Exposure correlates with larger breast size in women, and more feminine behavior in children.
Discusses the effect of phthalates on the development of boys, leading to less masculine behavior in children, and affects on the development of the brain and genitalia. Makes comparison with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, which can lead to ambiguous genital development in girls, and has been causally related to homosexuality. Provides some interesting numberds. Long-term effects of phthalates are not sufficiently well-known.

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