The church has a new website today: Mormonsandgays.org.
I don’t have time to dig through the whole thing today, but it looks like another step has been taken in the church’s evolution on this issue. This summary statement from the website has a much different tone than some recent statements that I can think of:
The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is. Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them. With love and understanding, the Church reaches out to all God’s children, including our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.
Note the use of words like “reality,” “gay,” and “lesbian.”
One criticism: I know what they were thinking by splashing “love one another” across the top of the page, but you have to admit to a certain unfortunate ambiguity there.