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Building Bridges: One gay Mormon who has found his voice

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Rand Irons
Rand Irons looks ready for a black name tag and matching conservative grey suit. But you won’t see him walking door to door with Mormon Church pamphlets in hand, nor will he get his chance to travel the world in the name of his faith spreading the message of the [...]

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Some Mormons pushing church to become more accepting of gay members

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Members of Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride Parade, in Salt Lake City on June 8, 2014. Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members. [...]

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Mormon leader reiterates opposition to gay marriage at biannual conference

Saturday, October 4, 2014
People fill their seats in the Conference Center before the start of opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A high-ranking Mormon leader reiterated the church's opposition to gay marriage, but he urged members to be gracious toward those who believe differently. Dallin H. Oaks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve said Saturday during the faith's biannual conference... Bu [...]

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Churches urge U.S. Supreme Court to act on same-sex marriage

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mormon church and four religious organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a statement Friday, said it joined a [...]

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Mormon school bookstore yanks Hallmark’s same-sex marriage cards

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Provo Buzz
SALT LAKE CITY -- Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday. Placed by Hallmark, the cards reading "Mr. and Mr." and "Mrs. and Mrs." were quickly removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. The outside vendor stocked the shelves without [...]

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A Mormon mom’s story of unconditional love for her transgender son

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Grayson-and-Neca
From Equality Utah and the Transgender Awareness Project comes the story of Grayson Moore, a self-described "sheltered, Utah Mormon boy," and his mother Neca Allgood, who realized Grayson was transgender long before he told her. In the video, Neca recalls how after they discussed her revelation: "I assumed (Grayson) would [...]

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No decision on Mormon gay rights advocate facing excommunication

Sunday, June 29, 2014
John Dehlin sits in his basement studio where he broadcasts his podcast at his home in North Logan, Utah. Dehlin, a Mormon who is well-known for advocating for gay rights and questioning some church policies, is set to meet Sunday, June 29, 3014, with a regional church leader in northern Utah to discuss whether he still faces excommunication.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Mormon man well-known for advocating for gay rights and questioning some church policies said no immediate decision was made Sunday by a Utah church leader considering whether he'll be excommunicated. John Dehlin, of Logan, Utah, said regional church leader Bryan King told him at a [...]

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Salt Lake City Council wants parade to rethink LGBT group’s rejection

Saturday, June 7, 2014
The group Mormons Building Bridges,     participating in Utah Pride in 2012.
SALT LAKE CITY — The legislative arm of Salt Lake City government is formally asking organizers of Utah's biggest parade to allow a Mormon-faith LGBT group to participate in the event. City Council members in a letter made public Friday evening asked the Days of '47 Parade, which honors [...]

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Salt Lake City Council says LGBT group deserves a spot in parade

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Members of the Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 2, 2013.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Council is decrying the rejection of a Mormon LGBT group's proposed float in Utah's most popular parade, but it won't pull out of the event. [...]

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Mormon faith-based LGBT group rejected by parade honoring LDS pioneers

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Members of the Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 2, 2013.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Organizers of Utah's biggest parade have turned down a float proposal from a Mormon faith-related LGBT group, citing too much potential for controversy. [...]

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