My buddy just sent me this link to a Salt Lake Tribune article on SLC adopting pro-gay statutes with LDS church support. Not earth-shattering by any means, but interesting to read because of the perceptions of people quoted in the article.Here are a few favorite quotes:

Councilman J.T. Martin said some will dismiss the church’s move, arguing LDS leaders blinked or caved to pressure. “That’s not the case,” he said. “I can tell you they do have compassion. They have church members who have gay sons and daughters, and they know this is an issue that touches everyone’s life.”…The officials reached out to leaders of Equality Utah and the Utah Pride Center, proposing they huddle at the Church Office Building. The gay leaders suggested a coffee shop at the Utah Pride Center. They settled on a neutral location — the Avenues home of Sam and Diane Stewart.

I like the “tension” between the church office building and a Pride Center coffee shop. LOL

“They are really trying to put some of the Prop 8 stuff behind them,” Dabakis said. “The discussions we have had over the last several months have shown what a caring, loving, concerned institution [the LDS Church] is.”The discussion, he said, “changed all of our lives.”Seed describes the tone of the meetings as sincere. “What everyone found is that we really liked each other. There was a good rapport,” she said. “It reaffirmed for me the power of people talking to each other — even if you have incredible differences. You start to see the humanity.”The meetings were emotional, Seed says. Gay leaders recounted “horrible” anecdotes about being shut out of decisions regarding a partner’s will and medical care.”It’s the power of stories,” she added. “We had tears in our eyes.

This is why I think blogging has power. The anecdotes can speak to an issue in a more powerful way than any impartial “news” source. Even after blogging, I’m more powerfully influenced by face-to-face conversations with my married gay friends than any other source.

But Jessica Rodrigues argued homosexuality is akin to pornography and said residents should have the right not to associate with gay people.”It is a moral wrong to pass this ordinance,” she said, “It is awful that you get the support of the LDS Church on this.”Still, the council’s unanimous passage drew an extended standing ovation.

Well, what can I say? There was still evidence of some unfortunate misunderstanding, but it made me happy that the church was not the brunt of it this time around. Go us.

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    This is very positive. I like that I can stand with the Church with confidence with my head up high as I face the reaction from very prominent church member neighbors who will look at this as the Church “caving” or going down that proverbial “slippery slope”. It is a nice feeling for a change.

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    L – Thanks for publishing this. This does humanize what must have been a moving and powerful dialog for those who participated in it. If stories like this were published more widely, it would likely be very encouraging to many on both sides of what has been a mostly grueling and painful conflict.

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    Samantha. My name is Cal Thompson, and I started a blog spot to fill a vacancy that I saw in ultra conservative gay Mormon-land. Would you mind looking at it and considering it for a place on the lights?

    Thanks

    Calvin Thompson
    [email protected]