Click on the link below and scroll down to the discussion on Joseph Smith and homosexuality.
Yet more disturbing claims about the non-Christian religion of Mormonism.
D. Michael Quinn, an excommunicated Mormon historian, wrote a book in 1996 entitled, “Same-sex Dynamics among nineteenth-century Americans: A Mormon Example.” In his book, he argues that homosexual relationships between both men and women were quietly accepted by the LDS Church and its leadership up until the 1940’s.
We do not know if Mr. Quinn’s claims are true or false. However, a quote from Jerald and Sandra Tanner, ex-Mormon researchers, writing in April, 1997, in the Salt Lake Messenger, speaking about Mr.Quinn’s claims, particularly concerning the Mormon “law of adoption,” which saw men sealed to men in the Mormon temple, stated,
“Although we have not found any evidence that immoral activities were involved in the sealing of men to men, the practice certainly could have opened a door for those predisposed to homosexual temptations. It seems obvious that the men who were sealed to one another were likely to have closer contact with one another than those who did not enter into the practice. (We do know that in recent times some missionaries who were constantly in close contact with their companions yielded to homosexual activities and were sent home from their mission.” (end of quote)
In the absence of concrete evidence, it appears that Mr.Quinn’s claims about early Mormonism are false. The Tanners (quoted above,) further stated, “While Quinn made a serious error, we find it hard to believe that he deliberately set out to deceive.”
Rather they think he misunderstood the context of certain phrases such as “the arms of love,” reading a homosexual connotation into it.
Mr.Quinn, a father of four, was divorced in 1985, and he was excommunicated from the Mormon church on 26th September, 1993.
To quote Steve Benson, another ex-Mormon, and grandson of a former Mormon “prophet, Ezra Taft Benson, writing about Michael Quinn, said,
“Indeed, it was Mike’s daring and ground-breaking research regarding the Mormon Church’s deceptive practice of post-Manifesto polygamy ( which the Church had strenuously tried to keep from the public,) that eventually led to his excommunication.”
Sadly, D. Michael Quinn “came out” as homosexual in 1996. We do not know if his homosexuality has any bearing on his claims about early Mormonism.
PS, the original link we gave with this post did not work, so apologies for that. Please see comment on this post by Glenn Chatfield for additional link on this topic