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  • Breaking: Mormon Church Announces Endorsement Of Housing, Employment Protections For LGBT People

    Late Friday night, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (more commonly known as the Mormon Church) posted an announcement to its website reiterating the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage, but says it now fully supports non-discrimination laws that outlaw discrimination in employment and housing against LGBTQ people.

    “Church leaders recognize the existence and difficulty of same gender attraction and acknowledge the difference between having same-sex attraction and acting on it. They censure only the latter, and leaders strongly advocate for understanding, inclusion, and kindness toward people of all gender orientations. The Church website mormonsandgays.org details sincere outreach by the Church within the gay community, including support in Utah for nondiscrimination protections of employment and housing. There is room for compassion, common ground, and shared humanity among people who disagree, and Church leaders eagerly pursue these ideals, both inside and outside the Church.”

     

    UPDATE 12.21.14: Mormon Church Walks Back Statement Of Support For Non-Discrimination Laws

     

    Following nationwide protests at Mormon-owned temples over its support for California's Proposition 8, the Church previously endorsed a local Salt Lake City non-discrimination law back in 2009, but has remained silent on the issue since then, and the Republican-dominated Utah State Legislature has refused to pass such a law statewide.

    The 2015 session of the state legislature begins in January, with the new endorsement from the Mormon Church, the proposed law might finally have a chance.

     

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    Eric Ethington is a freelance journalist originally from Salt Lake City. His work has been featured on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, the New York Times, The Guardian, and The Public Eye magazine. Follow him on Twitter @EricEthington

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    • commented 2014-12-23 11:28:53 -0500
      Does anybody fact check before they hit publish anymore?

    • commented 2014-12-21 17:13:15 -0500
      … This is thee old church office bldg. of the Mormon Faith in Salt Lake City. From ‘69-’70, I met with then Spencer W. Kimball, then 1-of-2 “Apostles,” who dealt with thee issue of homosexuality. I’d been accused of “Homosexual Activity” on the BYU Campus, by a closeted Gay student also from Bflo., NY. He went through “Aversion Shock Therapy,” tried to kill himself several times afterwards, was forced into a-STR8-marriage by “church leaders”-&-made a “Temple worker.” But, is-STILL-Gay to-THIS-day!!!

    • commented 2014-12-21 12:33:34 -0500
      Abby Jensen: I’m sure that exclusion is deliberate, but not because of bathrooms. Legally, a “public accommodation” is any business that offers goods or services to the general public. I guess the Church Elders don’t want to pull the rug out from under any florists, bakers, wedding photographers, etc.

    • commented 2014-12-21 12:18:27 -0500
      But notice that they only mention employment and housing, not public accommodations, because, you know … bathrooms.

    • commented 2014-12-21 07:33:11 -0500
      I have to admit, this doesn’t really surprise me — the LDS Church has shown itself to be very adaptable in the past. Even though this represents little in the way of doctrinal change, it’s a huge shift in attitude. Compare the Catholic Church — the pope can’t even voice a message of welcome without major backlash.

      Baby steps, baby steps.

    • commented 2014-12-21 04:28:58 -0500
      F *ck’em

    • commented 2014-12-21 03:10:21 -0500
      The Mormon church continue to persecute their gay members by refusing them equality of worship, human rights and dignity.
      Mormon leaders continue to monitor and discipline loving gay members, treating them like second class citizens.

    • commented 2014-12-21 01:10:35 -0500
      Here is the link to their cherry picking thoughts:

      http://www.mormon.org/faq/stand-on-homosexuality

    • commented 2014-12-21 00:42:45 -0500
      I think this is a fake site.

    • commented 2014-12-21 00:13:45 -0500
      this links to “beta.mormon.org” – not mormon.org. The headings aren’t event he same at the two sites and “Mormon101” isn’t a thing. Please verify, verify, verify – I think you’ve been duped (at best)

    • commented 2014-12-20 22:43:04 -0500
      I see no mention of “T” in the Mormon statement. Please understand that LGB non-discrimination often leaves trans people at the curb. Using the “T” without true inclusion actually gives a false sense of justice

    • commented 2014-12-20 21:53:14 -0500
      Is this really progress, while they still hate what we are?

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