San Francisco Mormon church reaches out to gay community

(The Wall Street Journal) – In the 18 months since Mitch Mayne became executive secretary of his San Francisco Mormon church, attendance has expanded from an unlikely community: gay and lesbian people and their supporters.

Mr. Mayne is gay and is one of the few out officials in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has a history of opposing gay-rights causes and considers acting on same-sex attraction a sin.

That means Mr. Mayne has found himself in a national spotlight in both the Mormon and the gay communities, at times asked to defend one to the other. …

“In San Francisco, I’m not surprised that the bishop would reach out to people—that is what Christians are supposed to do,” says Paul T. Mero, president of the Salt Lake City-based Sutherland Institute, a conservative policy think tank that has opposed same-sex marriage and other gay-rights causes.

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