The Associated Press reports:
An advertising-technology billionaire has formally resigned his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and rebuked the faith over social issues and LGBTQ rights in an unusual public move.
Jeff T. Green has pledged to donate 90% of his estimated $5 billion fortune, starting with a $600,000 donation to the LGBTQ-rights group Equality Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
“I believe the Mormon church has hindered global progress in women’s rights, civil rights and racial equality, and LGBTQ+ rights,” he wrote. Eleven family members and a friend formally resigned along with him.
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A billionaire who is believed to be the wealthiest person originally from Utah has formally resigned his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and rebuked the faith over social issues and LGBTQ rights. https://t.co/5BrmZm4Yjr
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) December 22, 2021
Jeff T. Green, Utah’s wealthiest native, won’t be giving any of his billions to the LDS Church. Instead, the longtime member of the Utah-based faith is resigning from the church — along with 11 other family member and a friend. https://t.co/TjagL5KUaL
— The Salt Lake Tribune (@sltrib) December 20, 2021