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Published December 14, 2012 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Re "New Mormon church website has softer tone on gays" (Tribune, Dec. 6):

I am troubled that some members of our community think The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should be congratulated for just doing the right thing.

I am upset that the unelected executive directors of the Pride Center and Equality Utah feel the need to gush over this new website, which does not change anything about how the LDS Church is going to work to defeat gay rights.

Yes, the LDS Church now encourages Mormon families not to kick their kids to the curb, but it still insists that gay people live lonely, celibate, loveless lives.

The Pride Center was right in thanking the church for its progress in acknowledging that being gay is not a choice, but as long as that church remains dedicated to preventing full equality and to not allowing gay people to live out the full measure of their lives, the center should respectfully decline to use the website as a resource for gay Mormons.

Ben Williams

Salt Lake City