Published: Fri, April 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mormon church to allow children of LGBT couples to be baptised

Mormon church to allow children of LGBT couples to be baptised

'Instead, the immoral conduct in heterosexual or homosexual relationships will be treated in the same way, ' the statement read.

At the direction of the First Presidency, President Oaks shared that effective immediately, children of parents who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender may be baptized without First Presidency approval if the custodial parents give permission for the baptism and understand both the doctrine that a baptized child will be taught and the covenants he or she will be expected to make.

Leaders of the Mormon Church, several years after declaring its followers who enter into a marriage to a person of the same sex are heretics subject to excommunication, and their children would be banned from being baptized, has now effectively announced that God has changed his mind. By doing this, the Mormon church hopes "to reduce the hate and contention so common today". In most cases, the children of LGBT parents could only be baptized after they turned 18, left home, and repudiated same-sex marriage.

The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people, said it welcomes any faith group's public commitment to treating the LGBTQ community fairly and equally.

"I think we can take a step back from this culture war that has harmed our state, harmed our families and, in many instances, has harmed peoples' lives", he said.

In this June 2, 2013, photo, members of the Mormons Building Bridges group march during the Utah Gay Pride Parade in Salt Lake City.

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The surprise announcement by the faith widely known as the Mormon church reverses rules that triggered widespread condemnations from LGBTQ members and their allies and marked a jarring shift from the religion's push to carve out a more compassionate stance on LGBTQ issues.

Campolo compared Evangelical opposition to homosexual actions and same-sex marriage to past transgressions by Christians, even mentioning those who supported slavery.

Dame said the policy did not affect large numbers of church members, but carried an implicit unwelcoming message. The announcement said the doctrine of the plan of salvation and the importance of chastity will not change.

The change also marks the biggest move yet by church President Russell M. Nelson, who has made a flurry of changes since taking over the faith in January 2018.

The church will also update its handbook for leaders, removing the label of "apostasy" for same-sex marriage. "I am for love, whether it's a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man", Bell said.

Faith leaders had previously explained that the 2015 rules were created to protect kids by not putting them in a potential tug-of-war between the beliefs of same-sex couples raising them and teachings and activities at church.

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