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Clinton Touts Religious Freedom Credentials to Mormon Voters

Clinton Touts Religious Freedom Credentials to Mormon Voters

August 18, 2016

Last week, Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wrote an op-ed in Utah’s Deseret News in an endeavor to woo an unlikely target: Mormons.

In most election years, Democratic presidential candidates do not expend much effort campaigning for the Mormon vote. Consistently right-leaning voters, nearly 80 percent of the self-identified Mormons voted for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.

After Rejecting Hate Crimes Bill, Utah Honors LGBT Activist

After Rejecting Hate Crimes Bill, Utah Honors LGBT Activist

April 28, 2016

Last week, the Salt Lake City Council unanimously voted to rename a street in honor of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the state of California. 

Many see the symbolic act—the street lies just a few blocks down the street from the headquarters of the LDS Church—as a stand for LGBT rights in light of the state senate’s recent rejection of a bill that would have bolstered Utah’s hate crimes protection.

Australian Mormon Ward Welcomes Muslim Guests

Australian Mormon Ward Welcomes Muslim Guests

December 21, 2015

This December, two Brisbane, Australia religious groups shared a common worship space.

As part of their annual Christmas outreach program, Brisbane, Australia-based ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints invited members of a local mosque to tour their house of worship. When it was time for the group of Muslim worshipers to engage in evening prayers, representatives of the Mormon ward provided them with a special room for prayer. 

With New Guidelines, Mass Resignation from LDS Church

With New Guidelines, Mass Resignation from LDS Church

November 23, 2015

Last week, 1500 Mormons gathered to publicly submit their resignations from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). After Church authorities distributed new guidelines regarding same-sex parents and their children, many LGBT Mormons and allies are choosing to officially remove their names from the Church registry—the most definitive way to separate oneself from the LDS Church.

Mormon women appointed to high-level councils

Mormon women appointed to high-level councils

August 24, 2015

Last week, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (LDS) made history by appointing three female Church officers to its three key high-level leadership councils.

Bonnie Oscarson, Linda Burton, and Rosemary Wixom— general presidents of children and women’s organizations within the Church—will now also serve on the Priesthood and Family, Missionary, and Temple and Family History Executive Councils, respectively. Their new roles, effective immediately, mark the first time women have been invited to participate in this level of leadership of the Mormon Church.