Gays and the Gospel

12 Scriptural Reasons for Latter‐day Saints
to Support Our Gay & Lesbian Neighbors,
Their Marriages & Families

Ye Have Done it Unto Me

Jesus said:

"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

(Matthew 25:40)

Many Christians, churches and politicians show by their words, actions, policies and legislation that they consider our Gay and Lesbian brothers and sisters to be “the least” in society and therefore somehow undeserving of marriage, family, legal recognition, rights, benefits or protections. Regardless of positive or negative opinions about Gays, Lesbians and their families, we all are neighbors and children of the same God. Would you deny Jesus or His family the same legal recognition, rights, privileges and protections which you and your family enjoy? If you believe these words of the Savior, it is easy to see that if we deny our Gay and Lesbian neighbors some of the richest blessings and privileges of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness found in marriage, it is tantamount to denying Jesus the same blessings.

Would we legislatively prohibit the Savior from declaring John to be His “beloved” (see 3 Ne. 28:6; D&C 7:1, 5; also see John 21:7, 20; 13:23; 19:26; 20:2)? Why do we Christians condemn those who follow this example of the Savior? Would we legislate away the validity, rights and protections of the “non-traditional” family the Savior lovingly declared in the last moments of His life when He said to John His beloved and, Mary, His mother, “Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold they mother! And from that hour the disciple took her unto his own home.” (see John 19:25-27)?