Book Review

Gay Rights and the Mormon Church: Intended Actions, Unintended Consequences

Gay Rights and the Mormon Church: Intended Actions, Unintended Consequences

Our newest issue, Journal 59:1, has two book reviews of the same book: “Gay Rights and the Mormon Church: Intended Actions, Unintended Consequences.” We are featuring both reviews and have included the introductions below. 

“Gay Rights and the Mormon Church: Intended Actions, Unintended Consequences,” reviewed by W. Justin Dyer

In this book, Gregory Prince compiles and examines available records of how individual leaders within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Church as an institution have approached issues of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The compilation is most welcome as it provides many useful sources to understand how the Church and its leaders have discussed and acted on these issues. The book is an important reference, and I have gone back to it again and again to reference its timelines and sources.

“Gay Rights and the Mormon Church: Intended Actions, Unintended Consequences,” reviewed by Tom Christofferson

When valedictorian Matt Easton spoke to his graduating classmates in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences at Brigham Young University in April 2019 and pronounced himself “proud to be a gay son of God,”1 it was notable—not for the frank self-identification, nor because college administration had preapproved the speech. Rather, what was remarkable was the instant, energetic, and sustained cheers and applause from the large Marriott Center audience.

Dr. Gregory A. Prince’s new book, “Gay Rights and the Mormon Church: Intended Actions, Unintended Consequences,” arrives at a moment when acceptance of those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, or intersex has reached a tipping point among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.