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Video: Ex-49er Steve Young Speaks at Mormon LGBT Conference (and Says He’s Shorter Than You Think)

| September 19, 2013
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Big news today that the Pope thinks the Catholic Church is too “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and contraception. But locally, the opinion of an even bigger religiously minded superstar perhaps carries even more weight.

Last Saturday, former 49ers demi-god Steve Young gave a speech at the annual conference of the group Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons. Here’s AP’s account:

SALT LAKE CITY — Former NFL quarterback Steve Young says he’s a Mormon who wants to build bridges to the gay community.

Young spoke Saturday night to about 400 people attending a conference of the group “Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons.”

The former Brigham Young University quarterback said, “We need to see each other as Jesus sees us.”

Young also reminisced about winning the Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers and spoke about relying on faith.

He introduced his wife, Barb, as an advocate for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Barb Young, a Mormon convert, has an older brother who is gay. She said, “One of the most beautiful things about this church is that it can evolve.”

The Deseret News has more on the event. The Youngs have been longtime supporters of LGBT rights, but still made news when it was announced last month that they would be the keynote speakers at the conference.

Young spoke mostly about his faith and how it applied to his football career. He also talked about being relatively short for a quarterback, saying he’s only 6 feet 3/4 inches tall, not 6 feet 2 as he once claimed for the purposes of a listing on the back of his football card. (His official NFL height is still listed as 6′ 2″.) You can see that at about 14 minutes into the video.)

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  • phillipcsmith

    There should of course be love and compassion for those who have homoerotic feelings. The challenge is to resolve ones feelings consistent with God’s commandment from the beginning through his prophets that sexual relations are to be conducted only between a man and woman married to each other. How can this dilemma be resolved consistent with this law of chastity?

    • http://www.twitter.com/lemmycaution25 Lemmy Caution

      “The challenge is to resolve ones feelings consistent with God’s commandment from the beginning through his prophets that sexual relations are to be conducted only between a man and woman married to each other.”

      Not much of a challenge. Just treat it like the thousands of other laws and commandments in the Bible that Christians ignore.

      • phillipcsmith

        Sad but true.

    • http://www.mormon.me.uk/ Mormon Me

      Steve Young is a descendant of Brigham Young. Brigham Young had 55 wives. 16 of them gave birth to his 57 children. So the Founders of Moronism practised one man and many women. I’d love to know how this hypocrisy fits into your ‘law of chastity’?

      You’d do well to remember. Outside Utah your ludicrous cult does not make the law.

  • trenton gregory

    More gay children are kicked out of there homes in the name of god….than guys getting girls pregnant , this abuse must be stopped.