Watch: Mormon Parents Learn to Accept Gay Son

6.21.2013

By Andrew Belonsky

A Mormon family changed direction after their son came out.

There's been no shortage of speeches about the importance of being true to yourself or of polls showing how honesty and coming out breed acceptance. And we've seen that case proven in politics, where formerly anti-gay Republican Sen. Rob Portman said that his son's coming out made him change his mind on marriage equality. But this phenomenon -- truthfulness besting hate -- is always worth noting, especially when the message is as powerful as the one presented in "Families Are Forever," a 20-minute video profile of the Montgomerys, a Mormon family from California whose campaigning against same-sex marriage led their closeted gay son to contemplate suicide.

As can be seen in this trailer, it wasn't until after Jordan Montgomery came out that parents Wendy and Tom began to rethink their beliefs. "I felt like what I saw his life would be –- what I expected his life to be –- as a Mormon boy was now gone," Mrs. Montgomery says of Jordan's coming out in "Families Are Forever," which was produced by the Family Acceptance Project. "I saw him preparing for a mission for our church –- gone. I saw a temple wedding –- gone. I saw him being a father –- gone."

Then, after stepping back and seeing her son for who he was, Montgomery and her husband Tom realized it was they who had been wrong."God views [homosexuality] as a sin, [but] I looked at a boy who had never done anything wrong, a pure innocent child, no way of sinning or choosing this. We sat that way for two hours, and I hugged him and said, 'Jordan, this changes nothing. … You are perfect in our eyes. ... We will figure this out.'"

"Families Are Forever" will premiere at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival this weekend. Watch the trailer below:

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