UTAH: Former NFL Star Steve Young To Keynote Conference For Gay Mormons
Affirmation, an organization for gay Mormons. Hank Plante reports at USA Today:
Steve and Barbara Young released a statement to the Salt Lake City Tribune confirming they'll be keynoters at the conference, saying it is "where they hope to lend their voices to the healing work of making our families, our society and our church more welcoming places for our LGBT brothers and sisters." And, indeed, there are signs that the church is softening its political opposition to gay rights, with church members no longer taking the lead in opposing gay marriage cases. Still, having Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young take such a prominent role in welcoming lesbian and gay church members is bound to push the issue even farther down the field.Young, who is a direct descendant of Brigham Young, made news in 2008 when he and his wife placed a "No On Prop 8" sign in their front yard.