Mormon leaders back some laws protecting gay, lesbian community

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LOS ANGELES – Mormon Church leaders on Tuesday voiced support for some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in Utah and across the nation as long as the laws protect the freedom of religious people who in turn oppose such protections.

In a news conference that included three members of the governing Twelve Apostles and one female church leader, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the first time called for a “fairness for all” approach that balances religious freedom with reasonable protections for LGBT people, Los Angeles Times reported.

The church has not changed its doctrine on same-sex marriage, namely that marriage is between one man and one woman.

“Accommodating the rights of all people — including their religious rights — requires wisdom and judgment, compassion and fairness. Politically, it certainly requires dedication to the highest level of statesmanship,” said Elder Jeffrey Holland in a statement.

Equality Utah, an advocacy group for gays and lesbians, lauded the move by the Mormon Church.

Read more at Los Angeles Times.

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