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United Order Family of Christ

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United Order Family of Christ
OrientationLatter Day Saint movement
FounderDavid-Edward Desmond
Denver, Colorado
Separated fromThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Defunctca. 1974

The United Order Family of Christ was a schismatic sect of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), which was founded in 1969 in Denver, Colorado, by David-Edward Desmond and existed until at least 1973−74.[1][2]

The United Order Family of Christ was founded specifically for young gay men only, ages 18 to 30. Because they practiced a uniquely Mormon form of communalism called the United Order in which they held "everything in common", Desmond affirmed that the Family was "not for the great majority of the Gay LDS". Desmond's title as the President of the Church was First Key. He may have solemnized same-sex marriages between people in his congregation.

This Mormon schismatic church was the third gay Christian church founded in the United States, the first being a Catholic schism founded by Father George Hyde in 1946 in Atlanta, Georgia, and called the Eucharistic Catholic Church, which later moved to New York City. The second is the Metropolitan Community Church, founded by the Revd Troy D Perry in 1968 in Los Angeles. Desmond's Homosexual Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lasted at least until 1973, when Desmond was still corresponding with David C. Martin (then editor of the Restoration Reporter), and probably until 1974.[3][4][5]

David-Edward Desmond

David-Edward Desmond was born in 1940, in Spokane, Washington, to 19-year-old Joyce Betty Grasty and her husband Desmond (first name unknown). He lived in Denver, Colorado, during the 1960s and 1970s. He died on 11 May 1983, in Pullman, Washington. Grace Lutheran Church's Rev. Vernon Johnson held the funeral and he was buried in Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane, Washington.

See also


  1. ^ Shields, Steven L. (2001). Divergent Paths of the Restoration: A History of the Latter-day Saint Movement. Herald House. p. 100. ISBN 0830905693. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. ^ The Cultic Milieu: Oppositional Subcultures in an Age of Globalization. AltaMira Press. 23 July 2002. p. 107. ISBN 075910204X. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  3. ^ Quinn, Michael D. Same-Sex Dynamics Among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example University of Illinois Press, 1996 Page 438
  4. ^ Michael Quinn, D. (June 2001). Same-sex among Nineteenth Century Americans by D. Michael Quinn Page 438. ISBN 9780252069581. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  5. ^ "Gay Mormon Case Studies-United Family of Christ". Retrieved 2013-12-02.

Further reading

  • Feliz, Antonio A. Out of the Bishop's Closet San Francisco:1988 Alamo Square Press
  • Quinn, Michael D. Same-Sex Dynamics Among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example University of Illinois Press, 1996

External links

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