SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – July 26, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a written response to the mass resignation of nearly 100 church members Saturday in downtown Salt Lake City.
The disgruntled members said the LDS Church’s stance on gender equality and its alleged discrimination against the LGBT community are among the principle reasons for their decision to leave the church.
The organized event started with a march downtown and ended with the resignation letters being submitted at the LDS Church Office Building.
Kate Kelly, the women’s rights advocate excommunicated last year for insisting women be allowed into the all male LDS priesthood, took part in the mass resignation event. The former co-founder of the group Ordain Women made headlines last week in a commentary in the Salt Lake Tribune when she told LDS women it was okay to leave the male dominated church.
“It’s not a sign of defeat or weakness to leave an institution that causes pain,” she wrote. “It’s quite the opposite … If the church does not “spark joy” in you, leave with your head held high.”
LDS Church spokesman, Dale Jones, issued a statement responding to Saturday’s mass resignation.
“Every person is valued and loved,” Jones said. “They are our brothers and sisters, colleagues and friends. Each makes their own decision about their participation and church membership. Regardless of their choice, we love them and wish them well, and hope they will find the support and answers they seek.”
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