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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mormons back some equal rights

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 6:12 AM

This is big news, given the Mormon Church's past and continued vigor in working to defeat same-sex marriage. In Salt Lake City, it endorsed a local ordinance banning discrimination against gays in employment and housing.

In its statement backing the ordinance, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said that while it remained “unequivocally committed to defending the bedrock foundation of marriage between a man and a woman,” the question of how people were treated on the job and in finding places to live were matters of fairness that did not have anything to do with marriage.

“Across America and around the world, diverse communities such as ours are wrestling with complex social and moral questions,” Michael R. Otterson, a church spokesman, said in a statement to the City Council. “The issues before you tonight are the right of people to have a roof over their heads and the right to work without being discriminated against.”

Copy to Sens. Pryor, Lincoln, etc.

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