leaving homosexual members with the option of attempting to change their sexual orientation, entering a mixed-orientation opposite-sex marriage, or living a celibate lifestyle without any sexual expression (including masturbation).and the issue of same-sex marriage has been one of the church's foremost political concerns since the 1990s.The law of chastity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) states that "sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife." In principle, this commandment forbids all same-sex sexual behavior (whether intra-marriage or extramarital).Homosexuality-related violations of the law of chastity may result in church discipline.In describing people with homosexual feelings, the church and its members will often refer to "same-gender attractions".This is used in contrast to people who have problems with opposite-gender attraction.
The church supported a Salt Lake City ordinance protecting members of the LGBT community against discrimination in employment and housing while at the same time allowing religious institutions to exercise their religious beliefs while hiring or providing university accommodations, stating it remained "unequivocally committed to defending the bedrock foundation of marriage between a man and a woman." Its new policies also bar such couples' children—either adopted or biological—from being baptized, confirmed, ordained and participating in mission service until reaching adulthood and obtaining permission from the First Presidency."Marriage" is defined by the church as being between a man and a woman.To many in the church, same-sex marriages are not considered a legitimate form of marriage, and the church supports the notion of an amendment to the U. Constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.In the updated policy, children living in a same-sex household may not receive a name and a blessing, nor be baptized until at least 18 years of age, and must disavow same-sex marriage and no longer be living with a parent who is, or has been, in a same-sex relationship.Although there is no official policy to this effect, some church leaders have stated that "homosexual", "lesbian", and "gay" should be used as adjectives to describe thoughts, feelings, or behaviors, and never as nouns to describe people.