John Dehlin

JohnAndCLPJOHN DEHLIN is a lifelong Mormon. After a decade-long career in high tech (Bain, Microsoft, M.I.T.) John created Mormon Stories Podcast in an attempt to encourage the open discussion of difficult historical and social issues within Mormonism.  Starting with John’s interview of gay Mormon Buckley Jeppson in 2006, John has interviewed many LGBT Mormons and allies over the years including Peter and Mary DanzigBruce BastianCarol Lynn PearsonBill BradshawKendall WilcoxD. Michael QuinnJim DabakisEldon Kartchner and Benji Schwimmer.  In response to the LDS church’s announcement of its support of Proposition 8 in 2008, John created the first online video archive of gay and lesbian stories, and then teamed with Laura Compton and others to co-found Mormons for Marriage Equality, the first Mormon pro-gay-marriage advocacy organization.  As a psychology Ph.D. student at Utah State University, John teamed with BYU professor Dr. Bill Bradshaw and USU professor Dr. Renee Galliher to launch a research project to better understand the LGBT Mormon experience.  To date, over 1,600 LGBT Mormons have been surveyed, and John is busily writing up the survey results for his dissertation.  In 2011 John co-founded the first Circling the Wagons conference in support of LGBT Mormons, and in 2013 co-founded Gay Mormon Stories podcast.

John is married to Margi Dehlin, and is the proud father of four wonderful, LGBT-affirming children.  :)

2 comments for “John Dehlin

  1. Joseph Alexander
    April 6, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    How could anybody religiously support gay marriage when it is clearly a violation of God’s law. The first commandment was to multiply and replenish the earth, clearly something gays cannot do. Nowhere, with a rational interpretation of the scriptures can anyone say Christ condoned the gay life style. Nobody should ever be discrimminated against – that is not Christ-like – but by all means, quit trying to create and justify something out of nothing.

    • Spencer
      June 13, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Hi, if we’re judging people by whether or not they can “multiply and replenish the Earth,” then people who are infertile are also violating God’s laws. There are plenty of infertile men and women (who are straight) who cannot have children. You are right that Christ, in the scriptures, did not condone the gay lifestyle. But he did not prohibit it either. if we are judging what is right and wrong by what was expressly condoned by Christ in the scriptures, then we should also say that interracial marriage is not condoned by Christ.

      The greatest commandment is to love one another. Loving someone means that you accept them for who they are (gay or straight) and allow them to make their own choices.

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