Mass resignation from Church of Latter-day Saints after new policy

SALT LAKE CITY (WIAT) — This weekend hundreds of protestors gathered in Salt Lake City to take part in a mass resignation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

More than 2,500 people decided to leave the church after a new policy was introduced in the latest guidelines for Mormon leaders.

The rule found in “handbook one” prohibits the “natural or adopted” children of parents in same-sex relationships from receiving a name and a blessing in a ceremony performed by the Mormon priesthood.

Many said the decision to walk away is difficult, but they felt it was the right decision to stand up for families.

“It’s not easy but on the same token I have to stand up for humanity and stand up for the right thing and to me supporting these great people here and their effort to understand those of us who are in mixed families all families mater,” said Aaron Rosen, who resigned from the Church of Latter-Day Saints this weekend.

Calls for resignations started as early as June, with mass resignations starting a week ago.

The church said Friday the policy does not affect children already baptized into the church. It also stated all children are welcome at the church and can participate in all activities.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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