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The Church’s Position on Sexuality

I’ve noticed a not-insignificant number of members, both orthodox and heterodox, assume that the Church’s position on human sexuality is a “just because the prophet said so” issue, and aren’t aware of any well thought out defenses of the Church’s (or conservative religion’s in general) position written by non-church leaders, so I’ve gone ahead and thrown together a collection of pieces that speak to the subject that I’m posting here. 

I’m intending for these sources to speak primarily to theological issues; I recognize that legal same-sex marriage is a whole other can of worms, and that the political arguments vis-a-vis same-sex marriage are related, albeit ultimately distinct. from the theological arguments surrounding same-sex sealings. However, since a lot of treatments of the subject touch on issues germane to both there is some political mixed in the batch too, but that’s not the primary intent. 

A note on the comments: yes, I’m aware that for many people literally any argument defending the Church’s position is arbitrary and capricious. I don’t have a ton of time to puppy guard the comments, so while I’ll keep them open I’m not going to be a super active presence there. 


Cassler, Valerie H. “Plato’s Son, Augustine’s Heir: ‘A Post-Heterosexual Mormon Theology’?” SquareTwo 5(2): 2012.


Dyer, W. Justin. “Shifting Views on the Male-Female Relationship: Same-Sex Marriage and Other Social Consequences.” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 18, no. 2 (2017): 31-51. 


George, Robert P. “The Philosophical Basis of Biblical Marriage.” Public Square Magazine. January 6, 2022.


Girgis, Sherif, Robert P. George, and Ryan T. Anderson. “What is Marriage.” Harv. JL & Pub. Pol’y 34 (2011): 245.


Hancock, Ralph. “A Familiar Eternity” SquareTwo 9(1): 2016


Hancock, Ralph. “”When Following the Prophet is Too Easy: Against the Identification of Reason with Progressive Liberationism”” SquareTwo 1(1): 2008.


Hedelius, Cassandra and Jeff Bennion. “Treasuring All that God Has Revealed” Public Square Magazine. January 21, 2022.


Hypatia. “Faithful Answers to Common LGBTQ+ Questions.” Public Square Magazine. December 1, 2021.


Thayne, Jeffrey. Latter-day Saint Philosopher.

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