Hundreds of Mormons resign from church to protest institutional homophobia

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…

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

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…

“The people in the Mormon Church are finding that this is not a Christ-centered policy,” added Brooke Swallow, one of the organizers of the Saturday protest. “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.”…

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.

Not my place to worry about churches and how they rule their flock. I hope democracy and progress might play a role. Waiting for a demi-savior like Pope Francis to ascend to leadership is often a fool’s game played out over decades. The alternative of course is the decline of religion in general and most pointedly those bodies most ruthless in their exclusion of democracy, fear of progressive change.

Yes, that does sound like the Republican Party.

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