Salt Lake City – The First Presidency, the governing body of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has announced that the church will reverse its controversial 2015 policy that deemed same-sex couples and marriage equality “apostasy” and effectively blocked children of LGBT parents from joining the church. However, a church leader reaffirmed the faith’s belief that marriage should be reserved for relationships between a man and a woman, while suggesting that gay members can still find a place in the religion.

Responding to the policy change, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said, “In this reversal, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has taken an important step forward. There’s still work to do, but this policy reversal is a very welcome change that moves the church closer to a day where LGBT Mormons can see themselves affirmed and included within their faith community.”

The new policies, effective immediately, state that marriage equality will no longer be treated as apostasy, children of LGBT Mormon parents may be baptized, and children of LGBT parents who are not members of the church may be blessed. The church still considers marriage between people of the same sex a “serious transgression.” HRC commends the work of Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends, other LGBT Mormons and allies as they lead the charge and continue to advocate for full inclusion. (Seattle Gay News & HRC Press Release at Sgn.org/sgnnews47_14/page10.cfm)

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