The Mormon Church
is threatening to excommunicate a longtime member after
he legally married his male partner in Canada. Buckley
Jeppson, 57, married Mike Kessler in Toronto in 2004
but says he was recently informed by a senior church
official that his life is incompatible with the
doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
and that a disciplinary council would address the matter.
If Jeppson, who lives in Washington, D.C., is
excommunicated, it would be the first time a Mormon in
a legal, same-sex marriage was punished by the church,
according to Olin Thomas, who heads an advocacy and
education group for gay Mormons.
Jeppson said that over the past five months he
has been pressed by the senior leader of a group of
Mormon congregations in the Washington area to resign
his church membership—and avoid disciplinary
action—something that Jeppson is unwilling to
do. He told the Associated Press that it would not be
his choice to deny his heritage and his faith.
A church spokeswoman said that people in
nonheterosexual marriages cannot be members of the
church. (Sirius OutQ News)