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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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Neon Trees singer is one of only a few openly gay celebrity Mormons

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Tyler Glenn, frontman of the band Neon Trees, poses for a portrait to promote the band's upcoming third album, "Pop Pyschology," on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in New York.
NEW YORK — When Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees announced last month that he's gay, the bigger headline behind his revelation was that he is one of the few publicly out Mormons. The reaction he got wasn't what he was expecting... [...]

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Mormon leader outlines opposition to gay marriage at church’s biannual conference

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Scott G. Winterton, The Deseret News (AP)Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve speaks during the 184th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
A top Mormon leader reiterated the church's opposition to same-sex marriage Saturday during the church's biannual general conference. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on homosexuality has softened in recent years, but this marks the second consecutive conference in which leaders took time to emphasize the faith's [...]

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Mormon church, religious groups weigh in on Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

Monday, February 10, 2014
Douglas C Pizac, APThe Mormon Temple spires in Salt Lake City, next to the Utah Capitol building.
SALT LAKE CITY — A coalition of religious organizations has come together to urge a federal appeals court to uphold same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma, saying unions between a man and woman are best for children, families and society. [...]

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Mormon church reminds local leaders they are still opposed to homosexuality

Friday, January 10, 2014
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utha.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mormon church is telling its local leaders that same-sex wedding ceremonies and receptions are prohibited in their churches. [...]

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Gay in Utah: Hostility and acceptance are both a part of life

Monday, December 30, 2013
Jon Jensen, left, and husband, Jared Reesor said they talked about going elsewhere for their nuptials, maybe Hawaii, but they wanted to be married in their home state of Utah. "We just never expected it to happen so soon.”
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah has long been known as a bastion of red-state conservatism with deep roots in the Mormon faith. It's the kind of place that has historically been unwelcoming to gay marriage. [...]

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Mormons pushing church to teach that homosexuality isn’t a sin

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Rick Bowme, APIn this June 2, 2013 photo, members of the Mormons Building Bridges group march in the Utah Gay Pride Parade in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY — Wendy and Tom Montgomery went door-to-door in their California neighborhood in 2008 campaigning for the passage of an anti-gay marriage proposition. They were among thousands of faithful Mormons following the direction of a church that spent millions on the cause. Then they learned last year that [...]

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Mormon Church stakes out new position in Hawaii same-sex marriage debate

Friday, September 20, 2013
Mormon Temple in Laie, Hawaii
HONOLULU -- Just weeks away from a a special session of the Hawaii legislature called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to move forward on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, the Mormon church is once again calling upon its membership to get involved. [...]

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