(KCPW News) A group called the Committee for Reconciliation is gathering electronic signatures on a petition it plans to deliver to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in November, one year after Proposition 8 was approved by voters in California. Salt Lake City resident Peter Danzig says the petition does not ask the church to change its actual doctrine on gay marriage. Instead, it calls on the church to reject practices that alienate gay members, like trying to change their sexual orientation.
"Some of these are mentioned in the petition itself, such as shock therapies, which actually left some people with physical scars. People were often coerced by church leaders into entering into therapies like that," he told KCPW.
Danzig says the church also continues to sell books that teach outdated views on sexual orientation through Deseret Book. And he believes the church used misinformation to help pass Proposition 8.
Danzig, who is not gay, used to be an LDS church member, and played in the Orchestra at Temple Square. He says he was asked to resign last year after he wrote a public letter criticizing the church. Danzig says gay Mormons feel like they're being attacked even after they leave.
"I think for LDS members who are homosexual or who have homosexually-oriented family or friends who have left the church, they feel like they've been pursued right out of the church and into the life they've tried to create elsewhere, because the church has now tried to shape public policy not only for its own members, but to shape it for society at large," he said.
The group's website is LDSApology.org. A spokesman for the church declined to comment on the petition.