Schism Surfaces Among Gay Mormons

Yes, there's enough of them for that to happen


A group of Mormons last year launched an annual conference during which gay Latter-day Saints, as well as friends and family, could tell personal stories about their lives and faith journeys, including elements of joy and pain within a church that expects them to be celibate outside of heterosexual marriage.

By all accounts, the conference, known as "Circling the Wagons," was a huge success at giving voice to gay Mormons who felt they had nowhere to turn.

A year later, organizers of the group's second conference – to be held this weekend – are facing challenges from within the gay Mormon community about who should participate and what message to send.