Activists, Mostly Inactive Mormons, Resign From LDS Church at SLC Event

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This article was originally written by Tad Walch for Deseret News. The following is an excerpt. 

A group of a thousand-plus — mostly younger, inactive Mormons — gathered Saturday afternoon in City Creek Park to sign letters of resignation from the LDS Church.

The majority of those who signed letters on or prior to Saturday already had stopped believing or attending worship services years ago for a variety of reasons, according to a poll on the event’s Facebook page. They decided to leave The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints formally on Saturday to join in solidarity with others expressing resentment about recent changes to church policy regarding same-sex couples and their children.

“We want this event to make a statement to the church today that its treatment of those we love has led us to this moment,” event organizer Lauren McNamara said.

The church affirmed its doctrine that marriage is between a man and a woman in an online update Nov. 5 to its handbook of instructions for local leaders — stake presidents and bishops. The changes clarified that members who engage in same-sex marriage or cohabitation are considered in apostasy for choosing to abandon the church’s doctrine of marriage.

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