SALT LAKE CITY — (11-18-22) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) announced on Tuesday its support for the Respect for Marriage Act, the  federal legislation that will safeguard same-sex marriages.

The Utah based faith that currently has nearly 17-million member, said in a statement that “Church doctrine would continue to consider same-sex relationships to be against God’s commandments.”

With that said, the church said it would support same-sex marriage rights as long as they did not infringe upon religious groups’ right to believe as they choose.

“We believe this approach is the way forward. As we work together to preserve the principles and practices of religious freedom together with the rights of LGBTQ individuals much can be accomplished to heal relationships and foster greater understanding,” Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted on its official website.

Support for the ‘Respect for Marriage Act‘ that garnered 12 Republicans earlier this week in the US Senate, is the church’s latest step to stake out a more welcoming stance toward the LGBTQ community.

The Mormon Church opposes same-sex marriage and sexual intimacy, but it has taken a more welcoming stance towards the LGBTQ Community in recent years. In 2016, it declared that same-sex attraction was not a sin, but still said that acting on it was.

The church’s public stance today is a stark contrast from their position 14 years ago, when its members were among the largest campaign contributors to support California’s Prop. 8. The bill that defined marriage as between a man and a woman in response to cities such as San Francisco granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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