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Is There a Place for Individuals with Different Sexual Orientations or Gender Identities in the Church?

"God loves all of us"

Some members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ask: "Is there a place for individuals with different sexual orientations or gender identities in the Church?"

The answer is "Yes!"

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There is a section in ChurchofJesusChrist.org, titled: "Same-Sex Attraction: Kindness, Inclusion, and Respect for All of God’s Children."

In this section, it states: "God loves all of us. He loves those of different faiths and those without any faith. He loves those who suffer. He loves the rich and poor alike. He loves people of every race and culture, the married or single, and those who experience same-sex attraction or identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. And God expects us to follow His example."

ChurchofJesusChrist.org includes resources for individuals, families and friends, and leaders. It also includes member stories and videos.

 

Read and view more here.

On 15 November 2022, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published a statement on the United States Congress Respect for Marriage Act.

In part, the statement reads:

The doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints related to marriage between a man and a woman is well known and will remain unchanged.

We are grateful for the continuing efforts of those who work to ensure the Respect for Marriage Act includes appropriate religious freedom protections while respecting the law and preserving the rights of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.

Read the full statement here. 

Learn about the Church's resources for transgender individuals here. 

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