In part 2 of their interview, proud parents of two children, Ty and Danielle married in 2010 and currently live in Provo, Utah, where Ty is studying to become a marriage and family therapist. In 2004, Ty coauthored In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction and later in 2011, compiled the anthology Voices of Hope: Latter-day Perspectives on Same Gender Attraction. He is also the cofounder of the nonprofit organization North Star, a support organization for LDS individuals and families affected by homosexuality. Within the context of prayer and meditation, Ty explains that he had reconciled his religion and his sexuality, and committed to and was ready to live a life of celibacy. However as Ty grew in his relationship with God, a new path began to emerge —Ty and Danielle dated, fell in love, got married in the temple, and started a family. They both admit that their experiences are atypical, but they also believe that their individual emotional, psychological, and spiritual paths that led to their marriage were inspired by Heavenly Father.
In part two of their interview, the Mansfields discuss the stereotypes associated with mixed-orientation marriages and how they have seen their way around them by focusing on who they are as individuals and the unique qualities they each bring to their marriage. They also share how they have reacted to the cautions and criticisms steeped against them for their choice to marry. They further address how they see their marriage, and the way thee entered it, in very different terms than the stereotypical mixed-orientation marriages that have been so prevalent in years past, principally because of how they entered the relationship with “eyes wide open” and having fully disclosed all of their issues.
by Martha Ostergar
(The views expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect those of the producers of Far Between but are reflective of some aspects of what it means to be homosexual and Mormon.)