Thursday, April 9, 2015
Mr. Tom Perry, 92 and eldest of the 15 Mormon apostles, stated in a semi-annual Mormon conference that alternative lifestyles (than the Mormon prescribed husband, wife, and several children) were counterfeit. Completely disregarding LGBT familes, Perry put his and his fellow Mormons' "traditional" lifestyle above others as superior.
HRC criticizes the statements and says that it is a sign that there is still much to do to fully include LGBT people in society. Troy Williams, Equality Utah's executive director, said that LGBT families are not counterfeit, but "real and beautiful". HRC calls out to Perry and his fellow leaders to embrace the diversity within their own church and reject offensive and intolerant language. Statements like these completely undermine the progress and compromises made to support anti-discrimination in Utah.