The Mormon church will allow the children of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender dad and mother to be baptized, nevertheless will not sanction same-sex marriage, its administration acknowledged on Thursday.
The dedication, launched on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ site Thursday morning, reverses a 2015 protection that deemed same-sex couples to be apostates of the faith, which made their children ineligible for baptism.
“We want to reduce the hate and contention so common today,” acknowledged the church, which not makes use of the frequent determine Mormon. “We are optimistic that a majority of people — whatever their beliefs and orientations — long for better understanding and less contentious communications.”
The protection took influence on Thursday for the better than 16 million members of the Salt Lake City-based church.
LGBT advocates praised the switch as progress in a fight to end discrimination in direction of LGBT people in faith groups.
“This statement by the LDS Church to change course is a move in the right direction that will make a real difference in the lives of LGBTQ Mormons,” The Trevor Project, a worldwide advocacy group for LGBT youth, acknowledged in an announcement.
The church’s assertion emphasised that the model new protection does not replicate a change in church doctrine. The church considers same-sex marriage and same-sex acts to be sins, whereas it does not condemn same-sex attraction alone, in accordance to its site.
Reporting by Gabriella Borter; Editing by Scott Malone and Dan Grebler