Mormons Back LGBT Rights, but There's a Catch

Church thinks religious groups' beliefs should be protected
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2015 12:26 PM CST
Mormons Back LGBT Rights, but There's a Catch
In this file photo, people walk past the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

In what the Salt Lake Tribune calls a "major move," leaders of the Mormon church today declared that gays and lesbians across the country deserve better protection from discrimination when it comes to jobs and housing. But the church added a caveat that amounts to what CNN calls only a "partial truce": LDS leaders say that their church and all religious groups similarly deserve protections if they object to LGBT lifestyles. The church, then, still believes that sexual relations between same-sex couples are wrong and will not change its doctrine to allow gay marriage, reports AP.

Some quotes from today's news conference illustrating the "balanced approach" sought by the leaders:

  • "We must all learn to live with others who do not share the same beliefs or values."
  • "When religious people are publicly intimidated, retaliated against, forced from employment or made to suffer personal loss because they have raised their voice in the public square, donated to a cause or participated in an election, our democracy is the loser. Such tactics are every bit as wrong as denying access to employment, housing or public services because of race or gender."
  • "It is one of today's great ironies that some people who have fought so hard for LGBT rights now try to deny the rights of others to disagree with their public policy proposals."
(More Mormon stories.)

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