Three years ago today the LDS Church implemented a policy that prohibited children of parents in gay marriages from being blessed or baptized into the church. The reasoning was that they would received one message at home and another at church, and thus, this is their way of protecting children. This reasoning alone has been quite problematic--children of parents who hate the church are welcome to be baptized, as well as those in any number of situations where children could receive mixed messages. To the best of my knowledge, no one has explained why children of gay couples are being singled out (I know it applies to children of polygamists also, but it does not apply to a whole host of other situations where "mixed messages" may be heard by children). I have seen only damage done by this policy and have not seen or heard of anything good to come of it. I can't imagine in a million years ANY good coming because of it.
Equally problematic to me is that then apostle and now church president Russell M. Nelson said that the policy came by a revelation from God to then church president Thomas S. Monson. "Each of us during that sacred moment felt a spiritual confirmation," Nelson said in a speech to a group of young adults. "It was our privilege as apostles to sustain what had been revealed to President Monson."
I have talked to someone who is in a position to know the backstory and I know others who have done the same who are adamant that this is not how this went down. The stories I and others heard from the very sources who would know is that First Presidency counselor Dieter Uchtdorf and apostle Jeffery R. Holland were out of town, church president Thomas S. Monson was mentally incapacitated, and apostles Nelson, Dallin Oaks, and M. Russell Ballard were the driving forces behind the policy and getting it implemented and into the general handbook. I do know that not all of the apostles were then—and I assume, are still not—on board with it, but have (as would be expected) kept silent on it.
If what Mr. Anderson says is true, then three of the twelve apostles have foisted a false revelation on the LDS Church, and one of them, who knows it was not revealed to President Monson, has lied to pass it off as a Monson revelation. If true, this would be perhaps one of the greatest acts of religious fraud in 21st century Mormonism. If true, then Nelson, Oaks, and Ballard should be removed from their positions.