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Gay siblings: a great success story

by Amanda Stout

My brother is one of my best friends. And I’d say we are one of the greatest success stories I can think of. Let me tell you why.

Anyone who meets me probably would categorize me as one the Molliest of Mormons they have met, or will ever meet, in their lives. I am the stereotype, it’s true. It doesn’t bother me. In fact, I’m proud of it.

A lot of you probably know my brother for a wildly and internationally popular video that’s been making the rounds in the last week. You all have categorized him as gay. He is the stereotype, too. It doesn’t bother him. And he’s also proud of it.

Homosexuality seems to have a polarizing effect. It seems like people have to either be super supportive or super against it. And here is where Spencer and I are such a success. Where I believe marriage is ordained of God and a covenant reserved to be made between a man and a woman, he doesn’t. Where he believes marriage is a right for two consenting adults, I don’t. And that’s OK. He doesn’t hate me because I disagree with something he fundamentally believes in. And vice versa. There is a huge chasm of disagreement between us on this issue, but he is more important to me, and I am more important to him, than any political or social value.

If you asked him, he would tell you that I am one of his greatest champions. And I am telling you right now that he is one of my greatest supporters. Though we don’t support what the other believes, we have one of the strongest relationships you will find between a brother and a sister. He knows my heart and I know his. He loves me and I love him. In all honesty, I think our relationship is an incredible example of what Christ meant when he said, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” That’s what makes us such a success. We don’t let an issue stand between us. We aren’t just a Molly Mormon and a gay man. We are family. And we mean the world to each other.

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