ReligiousTolerance.Org and one of my high school religion teachers (a Catholic deacon) assert that of the nearly 300 suggestions from Jesus on how to live and believe that are recorded in the New Testament only 3 pertain to sexual ethics. And of those 3, none address homosexuality.
WhatMormonsBelieve.Org has little to cite from “The Book of Mormon” to support the church’s opposition to homosexuality. It seems all they could come up with was “the natural man is an enemy to God” (Mosiah 3:19) and that through the grace of Jesus weaknesses can become strengths (Ether 12:27). I know little about “The Book of Mormon,” but neither of these seem to explicitly condemn homosexuality.
I don’t believe in the literalness of the Bible, but there are many people who do. If you’re a believer of Jesus and the New Testament, you need to see how minute Jesus’s concern was for sexual issues versus his concern with poverty and “loving your neighbor”.
Using numbers from the LDS’s own website, church members donate about $9.1 million a year for humanitarian work (and I respect them for that). I figure 1 percent of Jesus’s teachings touch on sexual ethics, so if Mormons want to oppose gay marriage it would make sense for them to use about 1 percent of their charitable donations to support Proposition 8. That would be about $91,000. But no, Mormons contributed more than $17 million to the “Yes on 8” campaign.
Why the disproportionate concern with homosexuality?