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Community of Christ (formerly RLDS) approves gay marriage


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I missed this when it happened a few weeks ago, but as someone fairly fascinated by the Latter Day Saint movement, I think this is really great. The [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_of_Christ]Community of Christ[/link] church had its USA National Conference and voted to extend the sacrament of marriage to same-sex couples where legal, to allow commitment ceremonies where same-sex marriage is not legal, and to allow a priesthood call to be extended to members regardless of orientation, including people in same-sex relationships (I believe openly gay men have served in some of the higher callings in some of the more liberal LDS wards, but only if they're celibate). Link is [link=http://www.cofchrist.org/USAconf/USANatlConf04-21-2013.pdf]here[/link]. The CoC has been ordaining women for a while already.

I think it's awesome to see more and more churches accepting LGBT members. I'm not religious myself anymore, but I like to know that queer people who are can find spaces that accept them. There have been a few other Latter Day Saint sects that accepted LGBT people (like [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Order_Family_of_Christ]this one[/link] and [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restoration_Church_of_Jesus_Christ]this one[/link], but they're now defunct. I'm also personally seeing more and more individual members of conservative churches, including the LDS, who no longer see homosexuality as a sin, and I hope the trend continues.

There's a CoC church really close to where I live, and I've been tempted for a while to visit. I'm really curious to see what it would be like, but it's such a small denomination that I can't imagine there would be many people in attendance, so I'd feel pretty awkward visiting. Like I said before, though, I find the whole movement fascinating. Driving through Missouri you'll see some churches that belong to some of the tiny Latter Day Saint sects, and I once knew a [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter_Day_Saints_(Strangite)]Strangite[/link] girl. She would call herself Mormon, but make it very clear that she wasn't LDS. Her sister ended up marrying an LDS boy, converting, and moving to Provo, which was seen by the rest of the family as a huge betrayal. Other than that, though, I haven't had much experience with the non-LDS Latter Day Saint churches.

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Wow!! To see this when I just learned to Delaware just voted for marriage equality and the governor signed the bill into law.

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That's very interesting. I remember in Big Love Bill and Barb's eldest daughter married in the Church of Christ and Barb (very disapprovingly) commented that they were "very liberal".

I'm glad gay Mormons will find a place they are accepted - maybe it will help some ex LDS members heal.

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Wow!! To see this when I just learned to Delaware just voted for marriage equality and the governor signed the bill into law.

11 down, 39 to go. This will happen in my lifetime. My children won't have to worry about not being able to legally marry the person they love. :dance:

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FYI, this group was formed after Joseph Smiths death. His wife and most of his children did not like the way the LDS church was progressing. One of the big issues is that Brigham Young became the next profit instead of Smiths son.

I think this would be hard for LGBT LDS to migrate over to the COC. I am friends with a few of them. All they want is acceptance into their church and within their own family. They want the same rights to be extended to them. They dont want to move to a different religion to get those rights. Also, the COC is different from the LDS. Its closer mainstream christian beliefs. Their services are different and many beliefs are different. They also risk the loss of family support if they move to the COC church. All of these things make it hard for LGBT to change their religion.

I hope this paragraph makes sense I am about to fall asleep but I wanted to share my thoughts before I forgot them.

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