Mormon Church Backs Up Gay Rights Bill

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints made a surprise announcement by backing up a Salt Lake City ordinance stopping discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBT) in housing and employment.

A week after Maine voters repealed a state law allowing gay marriages, the endorsement was seen as a boost for gay rights advocates.

“The church supports this ordinance because it is fair and reasonable and does not do violence to the institution of marriage,” Michael Otterson, the church’s spokesperson stated.

The issue however is that the church does not need to make a stand since the ordinance itself has stated that “the city has granted commonsense rights that should be available to everyone, while safeguarding the crucial rights of religious organizations.”

The church however is still opposing gay marriage reminiscent of its decision to urge members to contribute money to support the Proposition 8, which is the 2008 law that overturned a state supreme court ruling allowing gay marriages in California.