On this day, the 4th of April, the Mormon Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has announced that it will change their policies and turn back on the targeting of LGBT+ people and their families.
Their policies have been active since 2015, and these expressed that any Mormons who entered same-sex marriages or acts would be considered “renegades” and be ex-communicated. These policies also condemned baptisms for children of LGBT+ couples.
Even so, same-sex marriage will no longer be grounds for ex-communication it will still be considered a “transgression”.
“Effective immediately, children of parents who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender may be baptized (…) if the custodial parents give permission for the baptism and understand both the doctrine that a baptized child will be taught and the covenants he or she will be expected to make.”, shared by President Dallin H. Oaks
He believes that “The very positive policies announced… should help affected families”, and “show more understanding, compassion and love should increase respect and understanding among all people of goodwill.”
“Previously, our Handbook characterized same-gender marriage by a member as apostasy,” can be read from the announcement covering their new policies. “While we still consider such a marriage to be a serious transgression, it will not be treated as apostasy for purposes of Church discipline. Instead, the immoral conduct in heterosexual or homosexual relationships will be treated in the same way.”
This decision comes from years of protests from LGBT+ Mormons and allies, that have called for reforms to the church’s policies, who in turn have been softening their unmovable ideals.