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Community of Christ Church considers recognizing same-sex marriages

Monday, April 22, 2013

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A national conference has recommended that the Community of Christ Church change its policies on same-sex issues.

The conference recommended Sunday that the Independence-based church recognize same-sex marriages where they are legal in the U.S.

The conference also says the church should offer commitment services for same-sex couples where marriage is not legal and allow priesthood regardless of sexual orientation.

About 1,500 delegates met in Independence after the church’s World Conference last week and issued their recommendations Sunday. The church’s leaders need to approve the changes before they take effect.

The Independence Examiner reports the policy changes would apply only to the U.S. churches.

Community of Christ has nearly 250,000 members in about 50 nations. The policies would not change in other countries.

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4 more reader comments:

  1. This is big stuff! These are reform-minded former LDSers who opened their priesthood to women almost three decades ago (as opposed to the mainline Mormon organization), and there are many other differences. These are REALLY reform-minded folks. Perhaps why their group is so small worldwide as opposed to the mainline LDS organization.

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:26am
  2. Good for them and their growth. Perhaps they can lay aside a portion of hate, lighten their load, and join the rest of us in Loving Compassion.

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:39am
  3. To be Christ like… would have to recognise!

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 6:27pm
  4. Are you sick and tired of Christians invoking the Bible to oppose gay marriage? Here’s all the ammo you’ll ever need —

    Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:16pm