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Friday, March 22, 2019

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – About 1,500 Latter-day Saints have submitted letters of resignation from the Mormon Church to protest a new policy barring children of married same-sex couples from being baptized until they are adults, movement organizers said on Sunday.

More than 1,000 people gathered on Saturday near the Salt Lake City headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) to protest the policy they see as discriminatory and harmful to families, with many standing in long lines to submit their resignations, they said.

A similar protest called “The Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family and Acceptance” is set for next Saturday in the same area.

Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints approved the policy this month. It added same-sex marriage to acts considered to be a renunciation of the Mormon faith and thus subject to church discipline, including excommunication.

“It is difficult for people to leave the Church. It takes people a long time to make this decision. It is a well-thought-out one and it is not taken lightly,” said Brooke Swallow, one of the organizers of the Saturday protest.

“The people in the Mormon Church are finding that this is not a Christ-centered policy,” Swallow added. “This is a policy that is about the people at the top, and their views and prejudices, and they are not thinking through what this will do long-term to families.”

A Church spokesman said: “We don’t want to see anyone leave the Church, especially people who have been struggling with any aspect of their life.

“It’s extremely important that our members read what leaders have said, and do not rely on other sources or interpretations or what people think they have said,” Eric Hawkins said in a statement.

The Church has more than 15 million adherents and 85,000 missionaries globally.

The new church policy bars children of gay married couples from being baptized in the faith until they turn 18, leave their parents’ home and disavow same-sex marriage or cohabitation.

Church leaders elaborated on Friday, saying the withholding of baptism would apply only to children whose primary residence was with a same-sex couple.

The provisions do not curtail the membership activities of children who have already been baptized.

The Church said this year it would support laws protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in housing and employment. But Mormon leaders have said sex should only happen between a married couple, and they cannot sanction same-sex marriage.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas, and Peg McEntee in Salt Lake City; Editing by Peter Cooney and Christian Plumb)

Sandy Newcomb stands with a flag near the Salt Lake Temple after members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mailed their membership resignation to the church in Salt Lake City, Utah November 14, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Urquhart



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17 responses to “About 1,500 Mormons Resign From Church In Protest Of Same-Sex Policy”

  1. idamag says:

    When I read the Mormon edict, in our paper, I could not believe it. I live among the Mormons. They are the most loving people I have ever met. Their first Article of Faith says: We believe every man will be accountable for his own sins and not those of his father. Of course, I couldn’t understand why Black people had to pay for Cain’s sin until 1978. I couldn’t understand why coffee and teas were sins when they drink gallons of soft drinks. I also think it is wrong to not let a father walk his daughter down the aisle if he is not Mormon or even if he does not have a Temple recommend. But I don’t have to believe in their religion to like them.

  2. Insinnergy says:

    You can resign from a Church?
    That’s interesting.

  3. Otto Greif says:

    Wow, that’s 0.0001%!

  4. @HawaiianTater says:

    Every time a person leaves the church is a victory for the future of the USA.

  5. The Church’s decision to unilaterally make such such a reprehensible ruling insofar as not “baptizing” children shows a mean-spirited, anti-Christ attitude that reflects the continuing decay of this interesting sect of Christianity.
    Since no authority has been granted to this sect by God in exclusion to others, it boggles the mind that institutions like this one can boldly assert that they are the sole repositories for “guidance from God” on matters concerning the destiny/fate of other humans, particularly of children.
    The Church’s collective display of cruelty fits well the template of Conservatism— a template to which the Church has gladly given its “Stamp of Approval”.

  6. FireBaron says:

    So, let me see if I can understand this. It’s OK to baptize someone who died 50 years ago in the belief that had they been alive they would have wanted to convert from Judaism, but it’s not OK to baptize the child of a same sex couple based on “Sins of the Father” (or Mother, but as the LDS governing body is almost as misogynistic as the RNC, they don’t really count).

  7. sealbeams says:

    Some cults are difficult to leave. Finally something good about the mormons. You can get the hell out if you want. Its like getting a raise 10 to 30%. I hope this catchs on.

    • idamag says:

      The problem is that: if the people you love are entrenched in the religion, you will hesitate to hurt them by leaving.

      • sealbeams says:

        I can understand your point and can see where it would be a touchy one. I’ve been there although a different religion. I know it was the right thing to do for me. It took my family years to understand.

        • idamag says:

          I resigned from the Southern Baptist Church. They make a big to-do about what others are doing pertaining to sex, but not murder and mayhem.

  8. docb says:

    More of this….organized cult religions are the scourge of the Earth!

    • idamag says:

      The difference in religious people and not religious people is this: A religious person sees something bad happening in the world and they pray about it. Easy and lazy. A non-religious person sees a problem and looks for solutions.

  9. Grover Syck says:

    1500 “honorable” Mormons.
    Now if all of the rest of the Mormons would do the same.

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