Very impressive turnout to protest the hateful, homophobic rantings of the Mormon’s President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (also categorized as a Prophet), last night:
Organizers estimate a crowd of 4,500 people completely surrounded the two blocks of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints administration building and Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City in protest of Boyd K. Packer’s remarks during the church’s semi-annual General conference last weekend.
Organizer Eric Ethington addressed the crowd before the crowd walked to the protest area.
“We are every color of the rainbow,” Ethington said to the crowd. “And we are tired of watching our children die.”
Ethington, founder of PRIDE in Our Community, called the rally after Packer, president of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, made the remarks during a sermon against same-sex marriage and pornography. Packer stated that the LDS Church would always oppose same-sex marriage, said that gays and lesbians could change their sexual orientation to straight, and compared homosexuality to “a habit or addiction that is unworthy.”
Parker is a prophet in the view of his church. He wanted this attention. He brought it on himself and his church. Since the Prop. 8 debacle, the Mormon leaders have tried to hide their homophobia. But, Parker couldn’t help himself. So, the Mormons are back in the spotlight. So be it.
UPDATE: Here’s a news report of the protest: