Friday, March 17, 2006
"Gay Man Faces LDS Excommunication"
Yesterday's Deseret News (a Mormon owned newspaper) had an interesting story: "Gay man faces LDS excommunication over marriage." This report shows how Mormonism is more than just a set of doctrinal beliefs. After all, who would want to remain in a church when he is blatantly rejecting its teaching? At minimum, according to LDS teaching, this man's homosexual practice would disqualify him from gaining eternal life. This news story includes the following:
A gay man who is a lifetime member of the LDS Church could be facing disciplinary action and excommunication after legally marrying his partner in Canada.
Buckley Jeppson, 57, said he's been informed verbally that his life is incompatible with the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that a disciplinary council will address the matter.
Jeppson, of Washington, D.C., married Mike Kessler in Toronto on Aug. 27, 2004.
It is believed that if Jeppson is excommunicated, it would be the first time a Latter-day Saint in a legal same-sex marriage would be punished by the church, said Olin Thomas, executive director of Affirmation, an advocacy and education group for gay Latter-day Saints.