Mormon Church: “Sexuality Is Not a Choice”

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The Mormon Church launched a new website Thursday, MormonsAndGays.org, in an attempt to "encourage understanding" with the LGBT community after years of discord. The church proclaimed that "sexuality is not a choice," but it still isn't condoning gay people's behaviors. "The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is," the church said. The new website is being welcomed by activists, albeit cautiously by some. LGBT news website Queerty called the site "a baby step in the right direction" for an institution that garnered a reputation as hostile to gay Americans after its heavy involvement in passing California's gay marriage ban. "On this website we witness something that church leaders rarely do: admit that we’ve done things wrong in the past. In light of this, the clear admission that things need to change is particularly welcome, if long overdue," Spencer Clark, executive director for Mormons for Marriage Equality, said in an email to NBC News.

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