However, at the time, many such relationships had no sexual component, and among those that did, the evidence is usually circumstantial.Quinn also states that several active and prominent members of the church in Utah were not disciplined after publicizing that they were living in romantic relationships with their same-sex domestic partners, although there is no clear evidence these relationships involved sex.

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Hinckley have stated that LDS prophets have always considered homosexual behavior a grievous sin.

It appears in the 1940s church leaders were aware of several instances of homosexual behavior in Utah since apostle Charles Callis had been assigned to cases of church members involved in homosexuality before he passed away in 1947 Since the first recorded mentions of homosexuality by general church leaders, teachings and policies around the topics of the nature, etiology, mutability, and identity around same-sex romantic and physical attractions have seen many changes through the decades, In reference to the harsh rhetoric on homosexuality of the past, D.

leaving homosexual members with the option of attempting to change their sexual orientation, entering a mixed-orientation opposite-sex marriage, or living a celibate lifestyle without any sexual expression (including masturbation).

and the issue of same-sex marriage has been one of the church's foremost political concerns since the 1990s.

These included Evan Stephens, who had been director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir until 1916 and is the author of numerous standard church hymns, who remained single but had intimate relationships and shared the same bed with a series of male domestic partners and traveling companions. Felt and May Anderson, the church's first two general presidents of the Primary, who lived together in the same bedroom for decades and were referred to by Primary leaders as the "David and Jonathan" of Primary.

and in an interview affirmed them as "good people": "Now we have gays in the church. We take no action against such peopleā€”provided they don't become involved in transgression, sexual transgression.

Todd Christofferson stated in a 2015 interview, "I think we can express things better." Regarding this subject, Dallin H.

Oaks said, "I know that the history of the church is not to seek apologies or to give them.

If they do, we do with them exactly what we'd do with heterosexuals who transgress".

The church defines "serious transgressions" to include "murder, rape, forcible sexual abuse, spouse abuse, intentional serious physical injury of others, adultery, fornication, homosexual relations (especially sexual cohabitation), Prior to this, local leadership had more discretion in whether or how far to pursue church disciplinary action for members in same-sex marriages.

"Marriage" is defined by the church as being between a man and a woman.