Friday, July 31, 2009

Lunchtime Poll Topic #5

O.K., I know it's more like breakfast time, but it's now or never.

Today's poll topic is aimed more at my LDS contingent of readers, but I welcome input from everyone.

Before we get to the poll, you have to do a little homework. Go here and read this article (it's on the website, don't worry--I'm not sending you to porn or anything like that). Or, you can go here and read this post of mine where I quoted the article in full.

Now, based on the article (not what you believe to be correct and true, or right and wrong!!), is it acceptable in the LDS church for a homosexual couple to hold hands? Kiss? Date?

I was blog hopping a few days ago and came across a post (I'm sorry, I wish I could remember where so I could give due credit) where the author posed this question, and it really has stumped me. My initial reaction was no, it wouldn't be acceptable. But as I thought more about it, my mind has been changing.

In the article, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (who we believe is one of the Twelve Apostles) says, "You see, same-gender attraction is not a sin, but acting on those feelings is—just as it would be with heterosexual feelings. Do you violate the law of chastity?"

So, that suggests that if something would not be a sin for an unmarried heterosexual person regarding the law of chastity, then it is also not a sin for a homosexual person.

As far as I know, being in love with someone, holding their hand, going on dates and even kissing (within reason) are not sins for an LDS, unmarried, heterosexual person. They do not violate the law of chastity. Therefore, based on Elder Holland's statement, is it o.k. for homosexuals to do those things and still be in good sanding in the church?

Again, I'm not asking if you think it's right or wrong. I'm asking if Elder Holland's statement makes it O.K.

Honestly, I don't know. But I'm really interested in reading what you have to say.

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