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Mormon ex-NFLer Steve Young wants to build bridges with LGBT community (with speech video)

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SALT LAKE CITY -- Legendary NFL quarterback Steve Young says he's a Mormon who wants to build bridges with the gay community.

Young spoke Saturday night to about 400 people attending the New Frontiers conference of the group Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons.

The former BYU quarterback said his goal "is to build bridges with my gay brothers and sisters. We need to see each other as Jesus sees us."

Young also reminisced about winning the Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers, and spoke about relying on faith.

"(Faith is the) fundamental fuel for the human experience," he said. "If the experience is to return to our Heavenly Father, faith is the fuel from beginning to end."

He introduced his wife, Barb, as an advocate for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

"There is not a day that goes by that you are not on her mind. She has spent countless hours advocating for you," Young told the crowd.

Barb Young, a Mormon convert whose older brother is gay, actively opposed California's Proposition 8 in 2008, even though leaders of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints enlisted members to work for its passage. The measure banning same-sex marriage was passed by voters.

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