According to the latest updated Church Handbook, The Mormon Church will no longer baptise children who are of a same-sex family, unless they stop living with their family and reject same-sex marriage.
The church’s policy change which was confirmed by spokesperson Eric Hawkins reads, “A natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same-gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may not receive a name and a blessing.”
Hawkins explains in a statement, “Church handbooks are policy and procedural guides for lay leaders who must administer the church in many varied circumstances throughout the world,”
“The church has long been on record as opposing same-sex marriages. While it respects the law of the land and acknowledges the right of others to think and act differently, it does not perform or accept same-sex marriage within its membership,” added Hawkins.
The Church of Latter-day Saints updated handbook comes into effect immediately and also describes Mormons who are in a same-sex marriage as “apostates” (defectors).
Last Updated on Nov 8, 2015
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