Josh Weed made headlines in 2012 when he publicly announced his homosexuality on the 10th anniversary of his marriage to straight wife, Lolly, who apparently knew Josh's true sexual orientation before they were married.
After 15 years of marriage, 6 of which Josh and Lolly lived publicly as a mixed-orientation Morman couple, the couple is once again making headlines with an announcement; only this time, the couple is announcing their decision to divorce.
Mixed-Orientation Morman Couple Comes Out of The Closet in 2012 Viral Postblog post that Josh is gay and that his wife Lolly had known about Josh's homosexuality since before the couple married ten years prior. Josh writes:
I guess the premise of this post is to share that not only am I homosexual, but I’m also a devout and believing Mormon. And that I’m very happily married to a woman, and have been for ten years now.
Couple Defends Mixed-Orientation Marriage Citing Morman Faith
I chose not to 'live the gay lifestyle,' as it were, because I found that what I would have to give up to do so wasn’t worth the sacrifice for me.Josh references the ability to have a romantic relationship and a family that is in alignment with his faith as primary motivations for his decision.
I am attracted sexually to men. Period. Yet my marriage is wonderful, and Lolly and I have an extremely healthy and robust sex life.
"Thou Dost Protest Too Much""It works well, for us," Josh Weed was quoted saying in a Nightline Interview, following Josh's public coming out announcement on his blog, "The Weed," in 2012. Lolly also claimed to have "no regrets" about her decision to marry a gay man.
I wanted to marry Josh Weed because I loved the man that he was. I loved everything that made him him. I didn’t want anyone else. I knew that we had the kind of relationship that could work through hard trials and circumstances. I had faith in him and I had faith in our love.
Weed Couple Announces Divorce After 15 years of Marriage
I wish we could sit down with each person who sees this and explain why Lolly and I are getting divorced. Since we… https://t.co/ZsgL3guAJX— Josh Weed (@Josh Weed)1516916314.0
The Sad Reality of the Couple's Marriage is Revealed
What About Lolly?
Giving my whole heart to Josh while knowing that he did not love me the way a man loves a woman has always been devastating. We were best friends, but he never desired me, he never adored me, he never longed for me.In closing, Lolly finally acknowledges a fundamental truth, one that the LGBT community has expressed since the couple's coming out in 2012.
Platonic love is simply not enough, no matter how much we hoped it was. God designed us to need and want romantic attachment.
Josh Weed Offers Apology to LGBT Community
Response to news of our divorce has been so heartfelt and loving. Thank you. And to those hurting: we see you; we l… https://t.co/KULJAds3Pj— Josh Weed (@Josh Weed)1517077935.0
We’re sorry to any gay Mormon who received criticism, backlash, or hatred as a result of our story... We’re sorry to anybody who felt a measure of false peace because of our story... We’re sorry to any LGBTQIA person who was given false hope by our story..."
Weed Acknowledges His Previous Denial and Homophobia
I am no different than you, and any degree to which I held on to the idea that I could be gay without being gay was, I see now, a manifestation of lingering internalized homophobia born of decades of being told this part of me was evil. It was an effort to belong to the “in-group" (heterosexual members of the Mormon Church) that I was actually not a part of.
Live and Let LiveTwitter Bio to include his newly single status.
I'm a writer and a therapist. I'm also that gay guy you saw onDespite some arguably misguided choices, Josh and Lolly Weed are just people; they are parents who have four inspiring reasons to search out their personal truths and find authentic happiness. Moving forward, Josh hopes to focus on his faith, family, children, and love. He writes, "We can continue to be the family we have always been, and we can add to that family."
@Nightline and @vh1who’s happily married to a woman. (See latest tweet to read abt our divorce.)