LDS Church news conference on religious freedom and nondiscrimination

LDS Church news conference on religious freedom and nondiscrimination

Summary of Key Points from Religious Freedom Announcement

SALT LAKE CITY —

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter­day Saints called Tuesday for legislation across the United States that protects vital religious freedoms.

1. The Church will support legislation where it is being sought to provide protections in housing, employment and some other areas where LGBT people do not have protections, while ensuring that religious freedom is not compromised.

2. TheChurchbelievesthata“fairnessforall”approach,whichstrivestobalancereasonablesafeguardsforLGBT people while protecting key religious rights, is the best way to overcome the sharp divisions and present cultural divide in our nation.

3. TheChurchisalarmedattheerosionofreligiousfreedom.Whenreligiouspeoplearepubliclyintimidated,retaliated against, forced from employment or made to suffer personal loss because they have raised their voice in the public square, donated to a cause or participated in an election, our democracy is the loser. This is just as wrong as persecution or retaliation against LGBT people.

4. Thisappealforabalancedapproachbetweenreligiousandgayrightsdoesnotrepresentachangeorshiftindoctrine for the Church. It does represent a desire to bring people together, to encourage mutually respectful dialogue in what has become a highly polarized national debate.

5. Inthisapproach,neithersidemaygetallthattheywant.Wemustalllearntolivewithotherswhodonotsharethe same beliefs or values.

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