Parents are especially inclined to blame themselves for the problems of a son or daughter.” Elder Packer’s 1978 talk also attacked gays and lesbians as selfish, and said that selfishness is the cause of homosexuality. This claim also appears to have been abandoned.
There have been some recent setbacks in rhetoric regarding Proposition 8, but even the most charged official statements about Proposition 8 focused on perceived legal or political consequences, not on more personal claims such as bad parenting of gay individuals or predictions that gay people would be abandoned in old age. As gay LDS blogger Ty Mansfield told the Salt Lake Tribune, “We’re going to be hearing more and more statements like [Elder Uchtdorf’s], calling church members to a greater expression of compassion and kindness. (1975 reprint available here.)  See God Loveth His Children (2007). We remember you before the Lord, we sympathize with you, we regard you as our brothers and our sisters.
“This represents a continuation of a direction they began going in several years ago,” said Terry [sic] Givens, the author of four books on Mormonism and a religion professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia. This paragraph is drawn from O’Donovan, supra note 1. Brown, “Two Views of Sexuality”, Ensign, July 1975, p. 85  Ezra Taft Benson, “Fundamentals of Enduring Family Relationships”, Ensign November 1982, p. The 1992 pamphlet also moved away from prior advice that gay men should cure their gayness by marrying.
A 1974 church pamphlet excoriated homosexuality as evil and castigated parents of gays for having raised their children poorly. It stated: “Marriage should not be viewed as a way to resolve homosexual problems.
For instance, the New Horizons pamphlet repeatedly endorsed criminal laws against homosexual acts.
And it asserted that gay men would abandon their partners once they were no longer young and attractive. Also, in 1976, apostle Boyd K.
By 1992, a new teaching suggested that biological factors could be at work. The lives of others should not be damaged by entering a marriage where such concerns exist.”  Packer, To the One, supra note **  New Horizons, supra note **  Boyd K. As I have discussed previously on blog, the meaning of the talk is controversial, and there are other potential interpretations. What Packer leaves unclear is the circumstances in which this kind of behavior would be permissible. Elder Oaks stated that “our doctrines obviously condemn those who engage in so-called “gay bashing”–physical or verbal attacks on persons thought to be involved in homosexual or lesbian behavior.”  Hinckley, supra note **  See God Loveth His Children, supra note **  I discussed this in a prior blog post.  LDS Newsroom, “The Divine Institution of Marriage,” August 13, 2008.