But I've got to say, these conclusions founder on a contradiction:
Please, you've got to be kidding. Walt Whitman would have been shunned and cast out of the Mormon community as a gay pervert. The optimistic Mormon community spits out the fraction of its children who are gay. It is a brutal environment for a young person who is "different." And then it uses its organization to stigmatize them by committing wealth and political muscle to impeding the progress of gay marriage.
It is very hard to credit Carroll's hope that there is "an unexpected image of positive possibility" in what Mormonism offers to our discouraged country. At least it's hard for this lesbian to buy it. I don't need yet another religious style that erases and suppresses me, thank you very much.