Mormon Church Issues Rule Changes That Target Gay Couples And Kids

Amid growing groups of LGBT supportive mormons, officials of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have issued a new rule change that says members in same-sex marriages can be kicked out of the church and their children must “wait until they’re 18 and disavow homosexual relationships to be baptized.”

Despite the fact that the church has long been known to be anti-gay, these new strident rules – via disseminated handbooks given to leaders of the church – comes as a slap in the face while so many have seen progression towards civil rights. Even the Pew Center has shown the proof that members have grown more and more accepting of gay people in their church.

Along with the rule that gay members of the church cannot worship in Mormon churches, another rule stipulates that children of parents in gay or lesbian relationships can no longer receive “blessings” as infants or be baptized when they are older children. Once they turn 18 they can be, but only if they “disavow the practice of same-sex relationships, no longer live with gay parents, and get approval from their local leader and the highest leaders at church headquarters in Salt Lake City.” What in the actual hell, right?

What a devastating step backwards.

[AP]