SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH ─ November 12 (Gephardt Daily) ─ Jackie Biskupski, the openly gay candidate who is predicted to be Salt Lake City’s mayor when all election results are in, wants to schedule a meeting with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officials to talk about church policies regarding regarding homosexual members and their children.
A new LDS handbook provided to bishops and other church leaders reaffirmed the church’s non-acceptance of homosexual marriages or couples, and also added that the children living with two homosexual parents would be banned from church rites including baptism until the children reached age 18 and renounced their parents’ lifestyle.
“She does not have a meeting scheduled yet, so we don’t have any timetable for a press statement,” said Maryann Martindale, Biskupski’s campaign spokeswoman.
Biskupski mentioned her desire for meeting with church officials in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune.
“I think it’s very important, no matter what, to maintain strong working relationships, and I just want to have a chance to have a personal conversation about this particular policy and the impacts it’s having,” Biskupski told the Salt Lake Tribune. “It’s a high priority, and I’m trying to get in for a meeting now.”
Biskupski said she hoped to meet soon after Nov. 17, when election tallies will be finalized.