TLC show 'My Husband's Not Gay' sparks controversy

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX - A new reality show has upset some members of the Mormon church and the gay community.

TLC will air "My Husband's Not Gay" Sunday. The one-hour special is about Mormon men who are married to women but attracted to men.

The issue is deeply personal for the Mormon population. While some organizations are calling the show downright irresponsible and dangerous, representatives with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say they will show some support for the decisions members of their congregation make.

The one-minute promo airing only scratches the surface about what TLC's "My Husband's Not Gay" is all about. The one-hour special chronicles a group of Mormon men who are married to women but say they are attracted to other men.

The show is sparking much controversy. In fact, thousands have already signed an online petition calling on TLC to cancel the upcoming show.

The petition's founder, Josh Sanders, argues the special promotes "the false and dangerous idea that gay people can and should choose to be straight in order to be part of their faith communities."

According to the Mormon faith, any sexual relation outside of opposite-sex marriage is in principle forbidden.

In response to the controversy surrounding the show, representatives with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement that read in part, "While the church does not promote marriage as a treatment method for same-sex attraction, couples who are trying to be lovingly supportive of each other while being true to their religious convictions deserve our support and respect."

Meantime, representatives with TLC and Discovery Communications stand by their decision to air the special as scheduled.

"TLC has long shared compelling stories about real people and different ways of life, without judgment. The individuals featured in this one-hour special reveal the decisions they have made and speak only for themselves," representatives with TLC said.