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Mormon Church Supports Inclusive Anti-Discrimination Law

The LDS church announced its support for an inclusive anti-discrimination law in Salt Lake City.

 
STATEMENT FROM HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN RELIGION AND FAITH PROGRAM DIRECTOR HARRY KNOX:
 
“This has happened in the LDS Church because people are telling their clergy leaders they believe the church should be about lifting people up, not pushing them down. This decision is the result of vocal and consistent advocacy by LGBT people, their family and friends, inside and outside the LDS church. Employment and housing protections for LGBT people is fully embraced by mainstream America and the LDS Church is simply coming into the fold. We hope the LDS church will commit the same level of resources to ensuring full employment protection to everyone as it did to deny marriage equality to loving, same-sex couples in California.”
 
 

Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036 United States
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FROM THE WEBSITE OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has declared its support of nondiscrimination regulations that would extend protection in matters of housing and employment in Salt Lake City to those with same-sex attraction.

The Church said the Salt Lake City Council’s new nondiscrimination ordinance “is fair and reasonable” and balances fair housing and employment rights with the religious rights of the community.

The remarks, representing the position of the Church’s leadership, were read by Michael Otterson, managing director of Church Public Affairs, as part of a public comment period discussing the ordinances at a Salt Lake City Council meeting tonight. (Read full remarks).

Otterson told city council members: “The issue before you tonight is the right of people to have a roof over their heads and the right to work without being discriminated against. But, importantly, the ordinances also attempts to balance vital issues of religious freedom.  In essence, the Church agrees with the approach which Mayor Becker is taking on this matter.”

The Church said that while protections in housing and employment were fair and reasonable, the Church also remains “unequivocally committed to defending the bedrock foundation of marriage between a man and a woman.”  Otterson also pointed out that this position was “entirely consistent with the Church’s prior position on these matters.”

Otterson added, “I represent a church that believes in human dignity, in treating others with respect even when we disagree — in fact, especially when we disagree.”

 

Official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 

Public Affairs Department 
Joseph Smith Memorial Building 
15 E. South Temple St. Rm. 2W10 
Salt Lake City , Utah
Fax:  (801) 240-1167 
Phone:  (801) 240-2205 

 



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