On Saturday, thousands of people gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah to officially end their affiliation with the Church of Latter-day Saints, amidst multiple controversies surrounding LGBT rights. More than 2,500 people gathered together to celebrate the occasion. Approximately 1,500 requests to leave the church were filed, with 2,000 more still waiting to be processed.
“We’ve actually had participation nationally in our event,” organizer Lauren Elise McNamara told ABC News 4. “On our online event people have RSVP’d internationally and have been posting pictures of when they been taking theirs to the mailbox all week.”
While the rest of the United States has begun to finally embrace LGBT equality, the Church of LDS has created new rules that target LGBT people and their children. Under the new rules the church will disavow all same-sex marriages and children of same-sex couples are forbidden from being baptized.
“After all the years of different policy changes and people excluding people for not believing the same things, I’ve just never had a strong balance. I don’t want my records anymore,” said Misty McGinnis, who officially left the church.
The Church of Latter-day Saints has a long history of discriminating against minority groups. For example, black men were not allowed to become priests until June 1978. That rule was written by the successor to church founder Joseph Smith, Bingham Young in 1852, when he decreed “Any man having one drop of the seed of Cane in him cannot hold the priesthood.”
This is wonderful news for all those who are concerned about LGBT equality. The more people stand up to this type of discrimination the better.
these prejudices have been around forever but now people are opening both eyes ans seeing that intolerance has no religious value and is not taught by Jesus. evangelicals are running from their charlatan's twisting of the word all major religions are losing membership do to the churches position mostly on intolerance in direct contradiction with Jesus. this is good for those who really believe but will they now be able to accept they have been misled and seek salvation from God not by Elmer Gantry types in for what they can get