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Mormons change policies related to gay marriage

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/05/19, 11:01 am

Mormon officials on Thursday announced the repeal of a 2015 rule that banned baptizing the children of LGBT parents and made same-sex marriage a sin that could lead to expulsion. The group maintains its doctrinal support of marriage as between one man and one woman and still considers homosexual relationships a “serious transgression,” the religion’s highest leadership group said in a statement. Members who identify as homosexual, bisexual, or transgender can now have their children baptized as Mormon as long as they acknowledge children will be taught the religion’s official stance.

“While we cannot change the Lord’s doctrine, we want our members and our policies to be considerate of those struggling with the challenges of mortality,” Mormon leaders said in a statement, clarifying that marrying someone of the same sex is still considered immoral but is no longer classified as apostasy for purposes of religious discipline. The reversal is the largest in a series of changes President Russell M. Nelson has overseen since becoming Mormonism’s leader in January 2018.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • MTJanet
    Posted: Fri, 04/05/2019 12:33 pm

    And the adulterers and the fornicators - right?  Not sure why they need to go there unless the number game is so important.  

    Posted: Fri, 04/05/2019 01:24 pm

    When the rules are made by people and not by God they are easy to change to fit the world.

  • Bob R
    Posted: Fri, 04/05/2019 02:33 pm

    When your "god" is merely an exhalted man, it's not surprising that he would change his mind!

    "God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!" (Teachings of the Prophet, Joseph Smith.)

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Fri, 04/05/2019 02:34 pm

    This policy change is extremely confusing. If someone "identifies" as being "homosexual, bisexual, or transgender" how would they become members of the LDS church, when the LDS church states they only support marriage between one man and one woman? How can LGBTQ people "have" children? How can same sex marriage be considered immoral, but not apostate? 

    Posted: Fri, 04/05/2019 07:22 pm

    Are you really trying to figure out what goes on in the minds of the LDS? I wouldn't think too long on that, unless you are in a group that works at helping mormons leave their cult. 

    I remember when they finally decided thru a revelation to allow black folks to join. Do you think they will allow black leadership? 


  • JerryM
    Posted: Sat, 04/06/2019 11:34 pm

    I recommend World write (more) stories exposing Mormonism for what it is, a false religion that is deceiving millions.  That may seem harsh but this is the truth.