November 13, 2015

Patrick Mason in Guardian re: Mass Resignation over Same-Sex Policy

Utah Mormons plan ‘mass resignation’ over church’s anti-gay policy
by Timothy Pratt
The Guardian, Nov. 13, 2015

In response to a controversial new policy about the children of gay couples issued by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in early November, many Mormons are organizing to tender their resignations from the church. In an interview with The Guardian Patrick Mason, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University, said, “I don’t know that there’s any precedent for this…Historically, you went through the church individually, and you left the church individually.” Mason further explained that even the most faithful Mormons are struggling with the policy, “A lot of conservative members of the church … are deeply disturbed by this. There’s a quality and a depth to the outburst of discontent that I have not seen before.”

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