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During the early days of the church, when same-sex sexual activity by a member was suspected, the accused was sometimes disfellowshipped or excommunicated.
If they do, we do with them exactly what we'd do with heterosexuals who transgress." The church defines "serious transgressions" to include "murder, rape, forcible sexual abuse, spouse abuse, intentional serious physical injury of others, adultery, fornication, homosexual relations (especially sexual cohabitation), Prior to this, local leadership had more discretion in whether or how far to pursue church disciplinary action for members in same-sex marriages.The law of chastity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) states that "sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife." In principle, this commandment forbids all same-sex sexual behavior (whether intra-marriage or extramarital).Homosexuality-related violations of the law of chastity may result in church discipline.See also: Christianity and homosexuality, Homosexual behavior and Judaism, The Bible and homosexuality, Homosexuality in the Hebrew Bible, Homosexuality in the New Testament, Leviticus 18, and Abomination (Bible) However, sexual immorality (coupled with forsaking a ministry) was described in the Book of Mormon as the "most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost." Historian D.Michael Quinn has suggested that early church leaders had a more tolerant view of homosexuality, but leaders like then apostle Gordon Hinckley have stated that LDS leaders have always considered homosexual behavior a grievous sin.