Friday, November 6, 2015
LDS Church : Entering a Same-Sex Marriage is Apostasy
One of two leaked policy updates stated to local Bishops and Stake Presidents in their manuals that any member entering a same-sex marriage is engaging in apostate behavior, which means he/she is eligible for excommunication. Previously, such wedded same-sex couples may have been admitted to membership, as long as they did not engage in homosexual behaviors.
In addition, same-sex partnership cohabitations are considered "serious transgressions", also grounds for disciplinary action and excommunication.
This policy further solidifies the anti-gay teachings of the LDS church. Despite their efforts at finding middle-ground for secular policy, policies like these highlight the "two steps back" it takes each time.