More than 300 members of the LDS Church
on Sunday marched in the Utah Gay Pride Parade in solidarity with the
The group Mormons Building Bridges said
it participated in the event to send a message of love to the state's
LGBT community, The
Salt Lake Tribune reported.
The display left many in the crowd in
“I'll walk with you, I'll talk with
you. That's how I'll show my love for you,” a refrain from an LDS
children's song was written on one sign.
Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black served
as the parade's grand marshal.
“In tears,” Black later tweeted.
“Over 300 straight, active Mormons showed up to march with me at
the Utah Pride parade in support of LGBT people.”
“I think it's amazing,” an
emotional Holly Nelson told the paper. “It's been so hard to be in
Utah knowing the Mormon church is against the gay community.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints believes sexual relations are only acceptable
within a heterosexual marriage.
Erika Munson, the founder of Building
Bridges, said she hopes “to inspire other Mormons at the local
level to do things for their LGBT brothers and sisters.” (A video
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