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The first known instance of church discipline related this was in 1841 around the alleged bisexual behavior of church leader John C. One of the more prominent instances of homosexual behavior by a Mormon man in the early 20th century was presiding patriarch Joseph Fielding Smith. Petersen focus their assignment on curing gay members.

We sometimes look back on issues and say, 'Maybe that was counterproductive for what we wish to achieve,' but we look forward and not backward." Some changes have seemed abrupt and contradictory as was the case in September 1995 when a First Presidency member affirmed in the Ensign that an inborn homosexual orientation was a false belief with no scientific evidence and that if homosexuality were inborn it would frustrate God's plan.

During the early days of the church, when same-sex sexual activity by a member was suspected, the accused was sometimes disfellowshipped or excommunicated.

The law of chastity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) states that "sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife." In principle, this commandment forbids all same-sex sexual behavior (whether intra-marriage or extramarital).

Homosexuality-related violations of the law of chastity may result in church discipline.

In describing people with homosexual feelings, the church and its members will often refer to "same-gender attractions".

This is used in contrast to people who have problems with opposite-gender attraction.

If they do, we do with them exactly what we'd do with heterosexuals who transgress".

The church defines "serious transgressions" to include "murder, rape, forcible sexual abuse, spouse abuse, intentional serious physical injury of others, adultery, fornication, homosexual relations (especially sexual cohabitation), Prior to this, local leadership had more discretion in whether or how far to pursue church disciplinary action for members in same-sex marriages.

See also: Christianity and homosexuality, Homosexual behavior and Judaism, The Bible and homosexuality, Homosexuality in the Hebrew Bible, Homosexuality in the New Testament, Leviticus 18, and Abomination (Bible) However, sexual immorality (coupled with forsaking a ministry) was described in the Book of Mormon as the "most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost." Historian D.

Michael Quinn has suggested that early church leaders had a more tolerant view of homosexuality, but leaders like apostle Gordon B.

For example, church members represented as much as 80 to 90 percent of the early volunteers petitioning voters door-to-door and 50 percent of the campaign funds in support of California Proposition 8 (2008).