Gay Mormons won’t be kicked out of the church anymore, and they’ll be allowed to baptize their kids again.
In a surprise reversal of controversial rules, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday that gay marriage would no longer be considered a sin worthy of expulsion.
A 2015 policy that deemed those in same-sex relationships “apostates’’ who must be banished from the religion drew strong opposition and condemnation from the LGBTQ community and its supporters.
However, the church said in Thursday’s announcement that it’s not changing its doctrinal opposition to gay marriage and still regards relationships a “serious transgression.’’
The reversal from the more draconian rules represents the latest in a series of changes by church President Russell M. Nelson since he assumed the leadership in January 2018, and it was warmly greeted by pro-LGBTQ organizations.
Sam Brinton, head of advocacy and government affairs for the Trevor Project – the world’s largest suicide-prevention and crisis-intervention organization for LGBTQ young people – issued this statement:
“The Trevor Project welcomes any faith group’s public commitment to treat the LGBTQ community fairly and equally, and this statement by the LDS Church to change course is a move in the right direction that will make a real difference in the lives of LGBTQ Mormons. We hear from LGBTQ young people in crisis every day who struggle to reconcile being part of both the LGBTQ and faith communities, and decisions to end policies of exclusion can help LGBTQ youth feel seen, loved, and less alone.”
Contributing: The Associated Press
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