With waves of positive change moving through this great nation of ours in regards to the LGBT community, the religious sects seem to be the hardest nut to crack in the peanut gallery and no denomination has the hardest shell with more to say than the Mormon faith.
The Mormon faith is known for having past teaching, in the church, against black people and present opposition against the gay community. It is a comfort to know that Mormons have closeted “immoral” gay people, just as the ones they preach against in their ranks of high superiority but this is not a pissing match about religious bragging rights. This is about a Mormon family in which the man of the house is gay, 10-years happily married and staying that way.
Tonight on “Nightline” at 11:35p.m. on ABC, a story about Josh Weed, his wife Laurel “Lolly” Weed- -three children and a haunting gay lie will be shown. Well, maybe haunting is the wrong choice of words. According to an article published online at ABCNews.Go.com, the decade long happy couple that started out childhood friends has been comfortable and accepting of Josh’s being gay for quite a while. With this statement now thrown out there, the big question is, can a gay individual be truly happy in a heterosexual marriage?
Before we can go further, the point needs to be made that Josh Weed says in the article “”I’m very, very wary of the idea of other family members or other influential people in individual’s lives using our story as a kind of battering ram against other people’s behavior or choices.”
You really feel that way Josh? It’s a very interesting perspective despite the public way that you came out to the Mormon Church and the world on your website and now through national media coverage. Putting your story out there does stand you up as an example that misguided and troubled gay individuals might follow in hopes to find contentment and satisfaction between the lie they lead and the God they serve. The question still remains, is Josh Weed truly happy?
In the article he states “I am gay, I am Mormon, I am married to a woman. I am happy every single day. My life is filled with joy. I have wonderful sex life. All of these things are true whether your mind allows you to believe them or not,”
That statement would almost be convincing expect for this conflicting quote from the next page of the article. “Josh admits he is sexually attracted to men and not to women, but he said his Mormon beliefs are more important than his physical desires.” Also, the fact Josh felt not balanced or uneasy about his life after ten years of being “happy “that he felt the need to come out of the closet in such a public way, is an example that Josh Weed is not as satisfied as one might believe.
No one doubts the pride and admirable sacrifice that Josh Weed has made to take care of his family. The fear here is about others that might take the same path hoping for something to change that will never go away. Not to mention, the Church using Josh’s life as a scenario that others can have the same fulfilling life, all the while doing more damage to gay individuals just trying to find their way. This story is about someone denying a significant and relevant part of themselves for something they truly believe in. Admirable yes but being truly happy; you are the ones to decide.