Today, I sent my letter of resignation to Church Headquarters. I followed the format suggested on this site which details all the steps you should take if you are thinking about resigning. Originally, I wrote quite a bit about why I was leaving and my experience. I decided to be brief and to the point. All I really want to get across is that I strongly oppose the church's involvement preventing full equality to gays.
This letter is my formal resignation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and it is effective immediately. I hereby withdraw my consent to being treated as a member and I withdraw my consent to being subject to church rules, policies, beliefs and 'discipline'. As I am no longer a member, I want my name permanently and completely removed from the membership rolls of the church.
I have given this matter considerable thought. I understand what you consider the 'seriousness' and the 'consequences' of my actions. I am aware that the church handbook says that my resignation "cancels the effects of baptism and confirmation, withdraws the priesthood held by a male member and revokes temple blessings" I also understand that I will be "readmitted to the church by baptism only after a thorough interview."
My resignation should be processed immediately, without any 'waiting periods'. I am not going to be dissuaded and I am not going to change my mind.
I expect this matter to be handled promptly, with respect and with full confidentiality.
After today, the only contact I want from the church is a single letter of confirmation to let me know that I am no longer listed as a member of the church.
While I am aware that including my reasons for my decision are not required, I will include a brief statement for the reader’s knowledge.
I vehemently oppose the decisions made by church leadership to actively contribute to the voice of anti-gay rhetoric in the political, secular, and public sphere, particularly concerning marriage. I do not agree with leaders abusing their ecclesiastical power to rally members to fight against the civil rights of any class of people. I stand for equality, kindness and decency- ideals which I believed this church stood for. I want nothing more to do with an organization that continues to be indecent to a group of people in the name of God. It has forever stained the image of God in the minds of hundreds of thousands of people. It has cut deep wounds into the hearts of gay people and their loved ones around the world and relentlessly continues to throw salt on those wounds. I have had enough of the embarrassing lies the church continues to spew which are responsible for the betrayal, abandonment, and even death of some of the most beautiful, talented, and loving children of God. I am absolutely ashamed of the Church I once represented and outraged that the leadership seems determined to remain unapologetically ignorant and bigoted on this matter.