Mormon leader stands firm on gay marriage

Published on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:39
Written by The Associated Press

PROVO, Utah (AP) - The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirmed Tuesday the religion’s opposition to gay marriage, saying God’s law dictates that marriage is restricted to unions between a man and a woman.

Church president Russell M. Nelson also said during a speech to students at the church-owned Brigham Young University that the religion’s love for everyone regardless of sexual orientation led to the repeal earlier this year of a 2015 policy that banned baptisms for children of parents in same-sex relationships and labeled gay couples as sinners eligible for expulsion.

Nelson said love also motivated the original policy as he and other leaders attempted to prevent friction between the beliefs of gay parents and their children. Nelson became president last year but was a member of a top governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles when the policy took effect.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Nation-World on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:39. Updated: Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:41.