623: Elizabeth Grimshaw – Facing LDS Excommunication for being Same-Sex Married
February 22, 2016
Elizabeth Grimshaw was raised Mormon. She knew she was lesbian as a teenager, but spent her early years (teens and 20s) attempting to date men and to marry a man. In her early 30s, after many failed attempts to be “straight,” she came out as a lesbian, stopped attending the LDS church, and began dating women. Elizabeth found a committed partner 10 years ago, and married her partner 8 years ago. They are currently happily raising a daughter in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Even though Elizabeth has not attended an LDS congregation since her early 30s, she was recently approached by her LDS bishop (whom she’d never met) in her driveway, and told that: 1) she needed to pray to God about whether or not to leave her wife and child, and that 2) if she wouldn’t divorce her wife and child, that she would face excommunication from the LDS church.
This is Elizabeth’s story.
Please consider: 1) sending Elizabeth’s bishop an email (through Elizabeth) to stop this action, and/or 2) reaching out to both church leadership and/or news media to help Elizabeth’s story be told. Elizabeth’s only goal is to be left alone.
To send a message to Elizabeth’s LDS bishop, or to contact her with media requests, please email her here.