Gay Man Commits Suicide After Mormon Church Severs Afterlife Ties to His Children
Bryan Egnew grew up in a Mormon family and spent his life doing everything his church ever asked of him. He attended Brigham Young University, spread the LDS gospel as a missionary of sorts in France after graduation, and married in an LDS temple. He and his wife raised five children together within their local LDS church.
Over the course of this time, Bryan came to accept the fact that he was gay. After confiding in a friend who had made it through a similarly difficult coming out, Bryan confessed to his wife what he had been dreading for twenty years.
She promptly packed up all five kids, drove them out of the state and into Tennessee, and filed legal proceedings to ban Bryan from seeing his children ever again. Oh, and she also outed Bryan to their local Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-Day Saints. Two weeks later, a bishop excommunicated Bryan from the church, and severed Bryan’s relationship to his children in both the present and the afterlife. Bryan was devastated.
The Mormon Church attempted to contain the story, surely hoping to deflect their own blame in the tragedy. But now it’s out there.
And now you know how the Mormon Church exercised some bizarre power over a grown-ass man, making him and his children believe that the church alone was capable of determining who spent their afterlife with. Now you know that it’s not just students bullying gay classmates to death. Now you know how the LDS church bullied a father to his death and then attempted to prevent the world from finding out.
(via Religion Dispatches)