Mormon church backs same sex marriage law

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it supports efforts underway in Congress to safeguard same-sex marriage rights.
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it supports efforts underway in Congress to safeguard same-sex marriage rights.

The Utah-based faith said in a statement Tuesday that church doctrine would continue to consider same-sex relationships against God’s commandments.

Yet it said it would support rights for same-sex couples as long as they don’t infringe on religious groups’ right to believe as they choose.

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Support for the Respect for Marriage Act under consideration in Congress is the church’s latest step to stake out a more welcoming stance toward the LGBTQ community, while holding firm to its belief that same-sex relationships are sinful.

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