New Mormon church rules targeting gay members and their children have triggered a firestorm of backlash from church members of all political backgrounds.
Mormon scholar Patrick Mason said the symbolism of targeting kids has riled up even conservative, orthodox Latter-day Saints who don’t usually get on the LGBT bandwagon or question church decisions.
Under the new rules, issued last week, children living with gay parents are barred from being baptized until they’re 18. After that, they can be baptized only if they disavow same-sex relationships.
The policy also makes gay marriages a sin worthy of expulsion. It marked a dramatic detour from the religion’s recent push to carve out a more compassionate stance on LGBT issues.
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