Gary M. Watts

GARY M. WATTS is a diagnostic radiologist and nuclear medicine physician at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Provo, Utah. He and his wife, Millie, are the co-chairs of Family Fellowship, a support group for parents of gays and lesbians.

The Burden of Proof: Peculiar People: Mormons and Same-sex Orientation

Articles/Essays – Volume 27, No. 3

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The Logical Next Step: Affirming Same-Sex Relationships

Articles/Essays – Volume 31, No. 3

Dialogue 31.3 (Fall 1998): 49–57

In Fall 1998 just a few years after The Family Proclamation, Gary Watts wrote, “The Logical Next Step: Affirming Same-Sex Relationships.” He notes the inner conflict that gay LDS members faced, having to choose between their desires to have a relaitonship and their desires to be in the church.  It draws a lot of personal experiences and conversation to assess the issues. And he proposes that affirming committed, monogamous same-sex relationships would not change doctrines about reserving sexual initimacy for marriage, but proposed that these relationhips would not be eligible for sealings.

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