Eric Reeves is the son of LDS Relief Society General Presidency Member Linda S. Reeves and former LDS mission president Melvyn Reeves.
In this episode Eric discusses:
- His early years in the church, his loss of faith in the LDS church,
and how he handled this process with his very faithful family,
- His analysis of the recent changes to the LDS policy for “same-gender marriage” and children of same-sex couples,
- Why he vehemently opposes the parallels made between same-sex marriage and polygamy,
- Why he is speaking out publicly against the new LGBT policies, and
- Why he is encouraging church members to openly oppose these policies.
Finally, Eric requested that we post the following open questions for the Church regarding the new policies:
- Why is same-sex marriage considered “apostasy” but same-sex cohabitating is only a “transgression”?
- Why does the Handbook of Instruction distinguish between same-sex cohabitation and marriage but refer to polygamous relationships as “marriages”? Was this intentional or negligence?
- Why can an infant with a parent who has practiced polygamy be named on church records and receive a blessing but an infant with a parent who has practiced same-sex cohabitation or marriage cannot?
- Why can minors with a parent who has practiced polygamy receive approval to be baptized and become church members but there is no such exception for minors with a parent who has practiced same-sex cohabitation or marriage?
- In short, why is the Church coming down harder on same-sex families than on polygamist families? What is the social or doctrinal motivation?