Changing doctrine

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In "LDS-gay solution" (Forum, Dec. 14), Jon Montgomery declared, "It doesn't take a genius to see the unfortunate reality that, like oil and water, gay couples and LDS theology do not mix." He also stated that "no amount of whining will change an apple into an orange, and persistent pounding will not get a square peg through a round hole."

Prior to 1890, polygamy was the norm in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; after that, due to outside pressure, the norm was anti-polygamy. This issue was no longer apples and oranges, nor oil and water, nor round holes versus square peg. The church had changed its theological position.

In 1978, the LDS Church again changed a position, when it allowed black men to hold the priesthood. Once again, the church caved to outside pressure.

With time and pressure, the LDS Church will once again relent and grant fully committed LDS gay men and women the same privileges as straight LDS men and women.

Robert Owen