The New York Times reports:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a remarkable reversal to its policies on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on Thursday.
The decision rolls back a 2015 policy that barred children living with same-sex couples from important religious practices like baby-naming ceremonies and baptisms. That policy also declared that church members in same-sex marriages were apostates and subject to excommunication.
“Effective immediately, children of parents who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender may be baptized without First presidency approval,” the church’s First Presidency said in a statement on Thursday.
The Mormon church will no longer label same-sex couples "apostates" and will allow their children to be baptized and blessed, the church said in a surprise announcement today https://t.co/SVyDn29sa0
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BREAKING NEWS: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced it will allow baptisms and blessings to children of LGBT parents. https://t.co/yiArlOI7QZ #breakingnews #LGBT pic.twitter.com/OS05PspXbG
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