A man named Josh Weed recently posted on his blog that he was gay, mormon and married to a woman. The blog post (which was posted on the 10 year anniversary of his marriage) went viral and has sparked a lot of discussion around the situation and most recently, an interview with Nightline which I have included below. Here’s what he had said in his blog:
“Some might assume that because I’m married to a woman, I must be bisexual. This would be true if sexual orientation was defined by sexual experience. Heck, if sexual orientation were defined by sexual experience, I would be as straight as the day is long even though I’ve never been turned on by a Victoria’s Secret commercial in my entire life. Sexual orientation is defined by attraction, not by experience. In my case, I am attracted sexually to men. Period. Yet my marriage is wonderful, and Lolly and I have an extremely healthy and robust sex life. How can this be?”
In the interview, one Mormon says that the Weeds have set a bad example. “Using religion or spirituality as a way to manage your sexual orientation, you know, by being extra righteous or extra faithful as a way to sort of suppress those feelings or control yourself is the most damaging way to cope or deal with your same sex attraction. It’s a very interesting situation and interview and I recommend checking it out below and sharing your thoughts on this in the comments.