In the 18 months since Mitch Mayne became executive secretary of his San Francisco Mormon church, attendance has expanded from an unlikely community: gay and lesbian people and their supporters. Mr. Mayne is gay and is one of the few out officials in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has a history of opposing gay-rights causes and considers acting on same-sex attraction a sin. That means Mr. Mayne has found himself in a national spotlight in both the Mormon and the gay communities, at times asked to defend one to the other. It is a role that Mr. Mayne, a technology public-relations executive in his 40s, has welcomed.
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