Mormon church reacts to marriage equality ruling by punishing children of same-sex couples

Mormon church reacts to marriage equality ruling by punishing children of same-sex couples

Travis Gettys

Mormons will not baptize the children of same-sex couples — who are considered apostates by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The church released a major policy announcement Thursday that addresses the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

“A natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same-gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may not receive a name and a blessing,” the LDS Church ruled.

The adopted or biological children of same-sex couples may be baptized after they turn 18 years old under the policy — which disavows same-sex cohabitation and marriage.

The adult children of same-sex couples must obtain permission to be baptized, confirmed or perform missionary from the church’s highest leaders — but only after disavowing same-sex relationship and leaving their parents’ home.

The new policy, which also prohibits church leaders from participating in same-sex weddings, is effective immediately.

An activist who worked alongside LDS Church leaders to pass Utah’s nondiscrimination law said all churches have the right to “welcome or exclude” whomever they choose — but he said the policy appears to punish children for their parents’ same-sex attraction.

“We know that children of same-sex parents are treasures of infinite worth,” Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah. “In our universe, all God’s children have a place in the choir.”

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  • Posted February 13, 2017

    Neil Aitchison

    Marriage has always be equally available for everyone to use within it’s legal provisions and restrictions….it’s just that homosexuals don’t like the provisions and restrictions (ie. in particular, they don’t like the restriction that marriage is “solely between a man and a woman”) and so they want to remove this restriction and add the provisions to include “same sex” couples. This is not anything to do with “equality” because the Marriage Laws have always applied equally to everyone. Same sex marriage is rather redefining marriage to include same sex couples. If you look at “marriage equality” in the way that pro-SSM people are saying it, then the word “marriage” should be allowed equally to any person/people who are “in love” with anyone/anything – in other words, your “marriage equality” should remove ALL provisions and ALL restrictions to marriage otherwise the pro-SSM people themselves are being unequal in not allowing people who are “in love” to marry their way.

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