About 1,500 Mormons are resigning from the Church of Latter-day Saints to protest a new policy that labels same-sex couples apostate and bans children of same-sex relationships from being baptized, a lawyer said Saturday.
Attorney Mark Naugle said church members who want to resign brought the letters to his office on Saturday.
"We had an incredible turnout," he said. "I was slammed for three hours. Some people stood in line for an hour and a half."
Naugle said he plans to deliver the letters on Monday.
A call for mass resignations call started about a week ago, when the LDS church released new guidelines for lay leaders known as "Handbook 1."
One policy prohibits the "natural or adopted" children of parents in same-sex relationships from receiving a name and a blessing in a ceremony performed by the Mormon priesthood, according to the handbook.
Well I think this signifies yet another step forward for those of the Mormon faith.
The church has been losing members since their involvement with Prop 8 in California came to light, and it looks like their anti-gay positions continue to cost them dearly.
This is how a religious organization's ethics and morals change.
Morality does NOT come from within the religion, it is foisted upon it by changing societal attitudes.