Openly gay Mormon member wants church to evolve

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 26 at 6:00 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A former Phoenix resident now living in Washington D.C. made news around the country as he stood on the steps of the Supreme Court this week.

David Baker, who is openly gay, was photographed holding signs with messages for his Mormon church, which doesn't support gay marriage.
 
"For a while I didn't know if I was going to stay in the church or not, and ultimately I decided to stay because I believe that the gospel is true," said Baker to 3TV via Skype.
 
After Wednesday's ruling in favor of gay rights, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released this statement that reads in part:
 
"Regardless of the court decision, the Church remains irrevocably committed to strengthening traditional marriage between a man and a woman, which for thousands of years has proven to be the best environment for nurturing children. Notably, the court decision does not change the definition of marriage in nearly three-fourths of the states."
 
Baker responded by saying, "It looks like they aren't fully supporting marriage equality and I don't think that's a shock to anyone."
 
Baker knows lots of people who've left the LDS church because of its stance on gay marriage.
 
The activist hopes one day his church will come around.
 
"I am the person who sits next to you every single day and every single Sunday.  I am not your average definition of what you think a gay person is, so get to know me," Baker said.
 
He also suspects the next generation will look at how gay people were treated and say, "that was awful," comparing it to how many people now look at Jim Crow laws in the south and slavery.

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