Gay activists deliver petition to Mormon church

150,000 people sign letter asking statements that same-sex relationships are unnatural be withdrawn from sermon

Published October 12, 2010 6:37PM (EDT)

National gay rights activists have delivered a petition letter carrying 150,000 signatures to the Mormon church's Salt Lake City headquarters.

The letter asks Boyd K. Packer of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to withdraw statements from an Oct. 3 sermon that same-sex relationships are unnatural and with enough faith can be overcome.

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay civil rights organization, collected the signatures in an e-mail campaign.

Activists say such statements are factually inaccurate and can result in bullying that leads some gay youth to attempt suicide.

HRC President Joe Solmonese delivered the petition with leaders from Utah's gay community and a gay Mormon support group.

By Jennifer Dobner

MORE FROM Jennifer Dobner

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Gay Marriage