In his recent General Conference address, LDS Apostle Dallin Oaks suggested that same-sex parents put their kids at a disadvantage and their kids' well-being second to "selfish adult interests" ("Mormon leader decries divorce, abortion, same-sex parents," Tribune, Oct. 6): Is Oaks really suggesting that same-sex couples should not have families?
As the proud grandfather of a 5-month-old grandson provided through the miracle of in-vitro fertilization, I state unequivocally that "selfish adult interest" couldn't be further from the truth. Our son knew that his decision to have a child would require tremendous sacrifice. "Unselfish interest" would be the more appropriate label.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its officials have always misunderstood homosexuality. They've labeled homosexuality as a "choice," "changeable" and "anti-family." That homosexuality is experienced honestly and involuntarily by those affected simply escapes church pronouncements.