Donny Osmond is one of the most famous Mormon celebrities, so it is a bit surprising that it has taken him this long to be asked for his opinion of same-sex marriage.

On his Website, Donny.com, he answered a question about his views on the simmering issue, which has put Proposition 8 supporters in a perilous position in the entertainment business.

Osmond writes that his views are “beautifully stated in The Family – A Proclamation To The World, a document published by the leaders of our church back in 1995,” and he reprints the statement.

He also writes, “There are many gay individuals that are members of our church. I know many of them. In fact, some of my best friends are gay. You ask how I react regarding their marriages. Well, I do support our Church leaders who say that we can accept those with gay tendencies in our church as long as they do not act upon their temptations. Everyone has tenancies to succumb to temptation, but we all have the same standard given to us by our Father in Heaven. Whether we may be tempted to be immoral with members of our own sex or of the opposite sex, we are expected to live chaste lives. This is very well explained not only in the Book of Mormon, but in the Bible as well.

“You see, the whole beauty of God’s plan is that we all have our free agency to live our lives the way we want to live them. Personally, I believe in the words stated above and that they came from a living prophet, so I abide by them.

“We all determine for ourselves what is right and what is not right for our own lives and how we live God’s commandments. I am not a judge and I will never judge anyone for the decisions they make unless they are causing harm to another individual. I love my friends, including my gay friends. We are all God’s children. It is their choice, not mine on how they conduct their lives and choose to live the commandments according to the dictates of their own conscience.”

Same-sex marriage supporters have been outraged at the financial and grassroots support of Proposition 8 by Mormon church leaders and members.

(Via the Daily Dish)