In this 3-part series, we interview Buckley Jeppson. Buckley, 57, says he’s been informed verbally by a senior church leader that his life is incompatible with the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and that a disciplinary council will soon address the matter. Jeppson, of Washington, D.C., married Mike Kessler in Toronto on Aug. 27, 2004. It is believed that if Jeppson is excommunicated, it would be the first time a Mormon in a legal, same-sex marriage was punished by the church. Jeppson claims that over the past five months Nolan Archibald, his Stake President and CEO of Black and Decker, has encouraged him to resign his church membership, which would avoid disciplinary action.
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For those interested (and as referenced in the podcast), an organization entitled “The Safe Space Coalition” has been formed to “ensure safety and respect for gay and lesbian Latter-day Saints,” and is attempting to garner support for Buckley and Mike. To read more about this effort, and what you can do to support Buckley and Mike (if you are inclined to do so), click here.