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Mansfield co-wrote a 2004 book, "In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction." He described himself as permanently, inescapably gay and accepted the requirement of celibacy to remain a faithful Mormon. He has subsequently married a woman and had two children.
With Mansfield at the helm — and Bennion, who is also married to a woman — there seems to be subtle pressure, Wilcox says, to follow their lead.
‘Voices of Hope’ videos
North Star has a “Voices of Hope” series of online video testimonials from gay Mormons at ldsvoicesofhope.org.
Both North Star leaders hope that isn’t the case. They believe that marriage to someone of the opposite sex should not be seen as a way to "cure" gayness, Manfield says, "but it should be considered as an option."
Whether gay Mormons stay single or marry, he says, "we want to help them to be as healthy as possible."
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