Packer said that the LDS Church would always oppose same-sex marriage, that gays and lesbians could change their sexual orientation to straight, and compared homosexuality to “a habit or addiction that is unworthy,” calling same-sex attraction “impure and unnatural.” The ill-timed remarks come on the heels of the suicides of at least six teenagers over the past month, all victims of anti-gay bullying or harassment.4,500 gay rights advocates, mostly dressed in black, laid down on the ground. There were enough protesters to circle Temple Square twice.
Eric Ethington, an LGBT organizer, spoke at the protest:
In a related story, Bay Windows is reporting that Christian group Exodus International has withdrawn its support for the "Annual Day of Truth,"designed to convince young people that homosexuality can be "cured" and that one can live life as an "ex-gay." Said Alan Chambers, President of Exodus:We represent all colors of the rainbow tonight. We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, straight, black, white, latino, Mormon, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish and atheist – but we all stand firm in one thing, stop destroying our children. And to the youth of the church: Never let anyone tell you that you need to be any different than who you are. There are thousands in this state alone who will love you and accept you. You are beautiful and perfect just the way you are!
Not sure I'm ready to trust this change of heart, but I'm glad the day is canceled."All the recent attention to bullying helped us realize that we need to equip kids to live out biblical tolerance and grace while treating their neighbors as they’d like to be treated, whether they agree with them or not."