585: Eric Reeves, Son of LDS Relief Society General Presidency 2nd Counselor Linda S. Reeves, Encourages Open Opposition to LDS Church SGA Policy Changes
November 13, 2015
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?