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Members resign en masse after Mormon Church says it won’t baptize kids of LGBT couples

Members of the Mormon religion are threatening to leave the church over last week’s decree that LDS children of same-sex couples may not be baptized or blessed until they are 18-years-old and formally denounce their parents to church officials.

Members of the Mormon religion are threatening to leave the church over last week’s decree that LDS children of same-sex couples may not be baptized or blessed until they are 18-years-old and formally denounce their parents to church officials.

Over 1,000 Mormons in the Salt Lake City area have signed up for a Facebook event that plans on marching around the Church’s Temple Square on Saturday while sending their mail-in resignations.

“It is impossible for me to be a part of a religion that would attack its own members and punish them by denying their children involvement in the church,” said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and member of the LDS Church.

“The move is as clever as it is draconian. Members seeking to live lives of integrity as openly LGBT people must not only leave the church, but take their children with them. It requires a particular streak of evil genius to manufacture such a ‘Sophie’s choice.'”

However, some of those who plan on participating in the event have expressed on the posting legitimate fears and concerns apostatizing from their childhood church.

“I feel really torn on this. And I know I’ll get backlash. It’s just a really scary and final thing, ya know? If anyone has any words of comfort or encouragement, throw them my way,” said LSD member Brittney Shields. “This decision is sorta scary for me.”

Social media channels lit up following the leaked decree, which prompted church officials to issue a 10 minute video defending the decree by claiming the policy was enacted to protect children.

“There will be fourteen hundred people who won’t be on the record, coming in the next 5 to 15 days, just from my end,” said Utah attorney Mark Naugle who offered his services for Mormons who wish to resign from the church. I’m also attending a mass resignation event on Saturday, they’re starting at City Creek Park, and I’ll be going there with blank forms for everyone to fill out.”

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  1. Betty Miliano

    November 12, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    At first I thought ‘How asinine..”…I seem to recall something from Mathew in the bible that says not to keep children away.Can’t remember the actual words….However, after giving it some thought…I think all churches should be closed to children/minors…when they grow up they can decide for themselves..These Mormon folks want the children to turn 18 then come to be baptized after RENOUNCING THEIR PARENTS…Gee, isn’t that what the MOONIES wanted in the 60s and 70s…causing parents to ‘kidnap and deprogram’ their kids..?? The Mormon’s ‘pray the gay away’ solution and ostracization of gay youth has resulted in Utah having a huge population of young people living on the street, stealing and prostituting just to survive..It is criminal to throw away your children for something that they have no more control over than they do the color of their eyes or whether they are right or left handed..Expecting your gay children to live celibate lives or marry an opposite sex partner and pretend to be something they are not is ridiculous..

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