The Montgomerys are faithful Mormons who supported the virulent anti-gay stance of their Church — until learning their son is gay.
Now, they have decided to stay with the religion and try to change the Church of Latter Day Saints’ stance on homosexuality.
Their journey mirrors some of the small, recent ideological shifts in Mormonism. The Church has shown more tolerance to the gay community and is modifying the historical hard-line stance.
Ironically, Tom and Wendy Montgomery joined thousands of their fellow Mormons to overturn gay marriage in California in 2008.
Views throughout the country have changed. 13 states have legalized same-sex marriage, including California. So all the efforts and money expended there by the Mormon community went down the drain.
The Montgomery’s son is very fortunate. His parents continue to love and accept him and seek to change their faith to fit their evolved, more humane beliefs.
Religion has an important role. It should help practitioners become better people by recognizing a connection between everyone. Faith allows followers to deal with the hardships and tragedies they face, trying to derive some meaning from it all.
When religion breeds hate and exclusion, it must be changed and the LDS appears to be slowly adapting to changing mores and beliefs.
Kudos and best wishes to the Montgomery family.
Watch their story in the video below.