Mormon LGBTQ Policy 2.0

Apr 5, 2019

The LDS Church has reversed its policy that called same-sex marriage an apostasy and denied baptism to children in LGBTQ families. Friday, we’re talking about the changes and what they mean.

Thursday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shocked a lot of people by reversing its November 2015 policy that said same-sex marriage was an apostasy and that children living with an LGBTQ parent couldn’t be baptized. And though it still considers homosexuality a sin, the Church says this week’s announcement is about increasing “respect and understanding among all people.” Friday, we’re talking about the changes and what they mean for the Church and LGBTQ members.

Guests:

  • Lee Hale reports on religion, and is working on a podcast for KUER.
  • Gregory Prince is an independent historian and the author of a new book called Gay Rights and the Mormon Church: Intended Actions, Unintended Consequences [Indie bookstores|Amazon]
  • Troy Williams is Executive Director of Equality Utah.

 

LDS Church Rolls Back Controversial Policy Toward LGBT Members

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday the rollback of a 2015 policy which restricted baptism of children of gay couples and called them apostates. Now, children of parents who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender may be baptized.

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