Jeffret wrote: ↑
Why shouldn't we seek to change and improve things now?
Agreed. It's very difficult to create social change by going slowly, always being gracious, and always aquiesing to the status quo. It would make things a lot more comfortable, especially among family members. Everyone wants social change to be easy and comfortable, if they want it at all. But I'm reminded of civil rights advocate and Congressman John Lewis' advice to "get in good trouble." That's what is happening here.
Especially in the past, gay people spent their entire lives hiding themselves and pretending they were something that they were not. Even going out to dinner with a partner and parents can be seen as something traumatic, something to create worry and stress. Finally, as times change, gay people have the chance to be their authentic selves.
Mormon singer Marie Osmond, whose famous family has tithed hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars to the church, came out in favor of gay marriage when her gay daughter, Jessica, married her partner, and Marie attended the wedding with joy, to show love and support. She was quoted in the "Advocate" magazine, a long-standing magazine of the gay community. This is from 2013, I believe, quoted in both "People "Magazine and "The Advocate"
Osmond has a gay daughter, Jessica, who wed her partner, Sara, this summer; the performer has publicly expressed support for them and same-sex marriage to the backlash of some of her conservative fans. “My daughter is gay and I went to her wedding. And people were shaming me for supporting my daughter,” Osmond told People. “You should never shame anyone, especially for loving your child. Never.”
Obviously Marie's not a high ranking church official whose work depends upon supporting church doctrine. But she took a considerable risk in alientating her large family and many of her more conservative fans. She was willing to get into "good trouble" in order to support her daughter, because her child's well-being was her top priority. I pray that Elder Gong will realize also that his son is his first priority. - Wndr.