Mormon leaders attack ‘counterfeit’ gay lifestyle

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Leaders of the Mormon Church have re-affirmed their opposition to homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is strongly anti-gay, and continues to oppose same-sex weddings despite them being legal in 38 US states.

Speaking at the Church’s biannual conference in Salt Lake City, L Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve stressed the importance of opposing homosexuality.

He said: “We want our voice to be heard against all of the counterfeit and alternative lifestyles that try to replace the family organization that God Himself established.”

Fellow quorum member D Todd Christofferson added: “A family built on the marriage of a man and woman supplies the best setting for God’s plan to thrive — the setting for the birth of children who come in purity and innocence from God.”

The Church recently offered to ‘comprise’ with gay rights activists, agreeing to support laws to outlaw anti-LGBT discrimination – as long as religious people get the freedom to discriminate.

In January, a study found that due to the Church’s anti-gay approach, 80 percent of gay and lesbian Mormons have undergone attempts to “cure” themselves of their same-sex attractions.