If the church did reverse their position on gay marriage, though, they wouldn’t automatically be off the hook. The fact that they were ever against gay marriage would haunt them for decades to come.
I imagine there would be exchanges in newspapers and internet forums that would resemble something like the following:
Letter to the Editor, March 15th, 2039
I think it is completely inappropriate for the Mormons to participate in this years gay rights parade. Historically, the Mormons have done terrible things to gays, trying to “cure” them through cruel experiments at the Brigham Young College, denying them the priesthood for nearly 200 years, and taking away their right to marry after the government granted it to them in 2008. Did you know that Mormons used to consider homosexuality a SIN?? Today, they still believe that gay people are mentally ill, as if homosexuality was some kind of mark of insanity. If you don’t believe me, just Google some of the old speeches by the Mormon “Apostle” Dallin Oaks.
Please be reasonable and don’t let the Mormons bring their prejudice to the public parade this Saturday.
– Concerned Citizen
Response, March 22nd, 2039
I would like to respond to your accusation that Mormons are prejudiced or “anti-gay“. First of all, let me say that my aunt and my cousin are both gay, and I love them and they are among the most faithful, well-respected members of our Stake. I also once had a Bishop who was gay and he was a pillar of the community and a spiritual giant. Before I say anything else, I would like to remind you that since the release of Official Declaration 3 on October 27th, 2025, the LDS church has extended the Priesthood to ALL WORTHY MALES, whether gay, straight, or celibate.
Regarding the church’s involvement in Prop 8 back in 2008: you have to understand the policical climate of the time. This was a time when activist judges were legislating from the bench, overturning the will of the majority and ignoring the separation of powers. Those judges were trying to force Californians to accept gay marriage against their will, and an unwilling public (whether right or wrong) is a dangerous public nonetheless. Our gay brothers and sisters had suffered enough at the hands of the hate-mongering Fundamentalists. The very last thing we wanted to do was to fan the flames of hate, granting rights to gays that the public simply wasn’t ready to give. Voting against gay marriage IN THAT PLACE AND AT THAT TIME was the most loving, most humane thing we could do to stem the tide of hate-crimes perpetrated against gays.
I mean come on, you’ve seen the old news footage of Evangelicals yelling and screaming that “God hates gays” and “there are no Q***** in heaven”. Evangelicals in every state were picketing the funerals of dead soldiers saying the second Iraq war was God’s punishment for accepting gay marriage. It goes without saying that those were dark, ignorant times. But let’s be reasonable: just because a couple of Apostles (born in a homophobic time, raised by homophobic parents, living in a homophobic country) may have expressed some personal opinions against gays doesn’t mean that they were speaking for all Mormons everywhere. Honestly, it really annoys me when people say, “Mormons believe that gays are sinners” because I AM a Mormon and I can assure you I know what I believe!
Admittedly, we don’t claim to understand all of the reasons why the Lord would have asked the Saints to vote against Prop 8 (the Lord works in mysterious ways, you know). But this much is certain: the fact that some of the Brethren asked a handful of Latter-day Saints in California OVER 30 YEARS AGO to vote against gay marriage IN NO WAY diminishes our love and respect for our gay brothers and sisters, many of whom lead our church today.