In early November, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a new policy—natural and adopted children of same-sex parents would no longer be baptized in the church. In response to the new policy, which Mormon church leaders said was necessary to protect innocent children, attorney (and former Mormon) Mark Naugle planned a mass resignation event for November 14, 2015. The event took off and as of this weekend, around 1,500 members had already resigned:
About 1,500 Latter-day Saints have submitted letters of resignation from the Mormon Church to protest a new policy barring children of married same-sex couples from being baptized until they are adults, movement organizers said on Sunday.
More than 1,000 people gathered on Saturday near the Salt Lake City headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) to protest the policy they see as discriminatory and harmful to families, with many standing in long lines to submit their resignations, they said.
Attendee Brooke Swallow said LDS policies that discriminate just tear families apart:
"It is difficult for people to leave the Church. It takes people a long time to make this decision. It is a well-thought-out one and it is not taken lightly," said Brooke Swallow, one of the organizers of the Saturday protest.
"The people in the Mormon Church are finding that this is not a Christ-centered policy," Swallow added. "This is a policy that is about the people at the top, and their views and prejudices, and they are not thinking through what this will do long-term to families."
Another rally is scheduled for November 21st. From the Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family and Acceptance Facebook page:
There is a new generation rising here in Utah! We rally together on November 21st, to show our state, and our nation, that we stand together as a community dedicated to believing that everyone deserves Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance In large numbers our voice will be heard; it is up to EVERY ONE OF US to be the voice of change.
At noon, we will meet on the steps of Capitol Hill where will we have a number of community activist speak to the crowd. At 1:45pm, we will walk together to the LDS Church office building. We will show Utah the impact of peaceful protesting, by wrapping around the LDS Church office building since this is a leadership decision, in a human circle, holding hands, uniting one another.
12:00 PM: Rally @ State Capitol
1:45 PM Peaceful walk to the blocks around the LDS Church office building that are public property, not the plaza on the west side of the office building. We will have markers up so no one gets in trouble
At the time of this article, approximately 1,300 people had shown an “interest” in attending. Those numbers may swell throughout the week. Stay tuned!