Reported by Rod Decker and Doug G. Ware of KUTV:
A high-ranking member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said he would like to see additional legal steps taken to protect religious freedom, and stamp out discrimination against gays — whose history with the church has been complex one.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, spoke publicly on the matter last week — noting that his own family is a great example of how a harmony can be struck between members of his faith and the gay community.
“From my own experience, I see that understanding is possible,” he said. “I think the same principle that applies in society applies in families, as well.”
Christofferson’s brother, Tom, who is gay, had previously been a member of the LDS church. But he asked to be excommunicated — and ultimately found a relationship with his partner, Dr. Clarke Latimer.
Whatever differences between church members and gays existed in the past, or remain in the present, the Christofferson family said it stands united.