H-5 Human Sexuality, Faith, and Community Team Report

To the First Presidency and the World Conference:

Background

The Presidency formed the Human Sexuality, Faith, and Community Task Force during the inter-Conference period. This new team combines the previous work of former committees: Homosexuality and the Church, and Human Sexuality.

Committee Charge

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Doctrine and Covenants Section 164

Serious questions about moral behavior and relationships continue to arise in many nations. These issues are complex and difficult to understand outside their particular settings because of strikingly different cultural histories, customs, and understandings of scripture. For example, the issues include female submission, female genital mutilation, child brides, forced marriages, and sexual permissiveness.

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Homosexuality Revisited (Rabbinical Assembly)

Excerpts

“WHAT EXACTLY IS FORBIDDEN
It seems to be becoming commonplace to suggest that what is forbidden is anal intercourse, or anal penetration, and that alone. That suggestion leads some to far-reaching conclusions. We forbid what is forbidden, but anything other than what is biblically forbidden is permissible. A relationship between two males that avoids actual anal intercourse or penetration is perfectly valid and halakhic. The other sexual behaviors in which they may engage are not forbidden.

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Resolution On Homosexuality, 1976

WHEREAS, Homosexuality has become an open life-style for increasing numbers of persons, and

WHEREAS, Attention has been focused on the religious and moral dimensions of homosexuality, and

WHEREAS, It is the task of the Christian community to bring all moral questions and issues into the light of biblical truth.

Now therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Norfolk, Virginia, affirm our commitment to the biblical truth regarding the practice of homosexuality and sin.

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Resolution On Homosexuality, 1977

WHEREAS, The precipitous decline of moral integrity in American society continues at an alarming pace, and

WHEREAS, A campaign is being waged to secure legal, social, and religious acceptance for homosexuality and deviant moral behavior at the expense of personal dignity, and

WHEREAS, The success of those advocating such deviant moral behavior would necessarily have devastating consequences for family life in general and our children in particular, and

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Resolution On Homosexuality, 1980

WHEREAS, All across our nation there is a concerted effort by "Gay Activists" and liberal humanistic politicians to pass ordinances which, under the deceptive guise of human rights, have the effect of giving public approval to the homosexual lifestyle, making it equally acceptable to the biblical heterosexual family life style, and

WHEREAS, Southern Baptists have the opportunity to become involved in their own communities in this struggle.

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Resolution On Homosexuality, 1985

WHEREAS, There is a concerted effort by some to pass public ordinances which, under the deceptive guise of human rights, has the effect of giving public approval to the homosexual lifestyle; and

WHEREAS, There is an effort to have homosexuals identified as a minority, thereby attempting to gain affirmative action protection and preference for hiring.

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