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RLDS Church conference calls for same-sex marriage

The Community of Christ, known from 1872 to 2001 as the Reorganized Church  of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, voted to allow the performing of same-sex marriages and the ordination of members in the same-sex to the priesthood at the Canadian national conference June 16. These policies would only affect congregations in Canada, where same-sex marriage is legal.

The vote requires approval by the church’s First Presidency and Council of the Twelve and may take up to a year to implement.

“After years of study, dialogue, and prayer, members connected through technology from 15 sites across the nation to address two issues: whether to permit ordination of people in same-gender marriages; and whether to allow priesthood to perform same-gender marriages,” a church statement said. “After hearing multiple perspectives, including views from international representatives, the Canada National Conference, by more than the required two-thirds majority, made the following recommendations to the Community of Christ First Presidency and Council of Twelve Apostles:

  • There be a change in policy to allow Community of Christ priesthood to perform the sacrament of marriage for same-gender couples in Canada (same-gender marriage is legal in Canada); and
  • There be a change in policy to allow the sacrament of ordination for individuals in same-gender marriages in Canada.

Headquartered in Independence, Mo., Community of Christ is an international church with nearly a quarter-million members in about 50 countries. There are nearly 60 Community of Christ congregations spread throughout Canada. The church broke ranks with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints an the early 1800s, believing that Joseph Smith III, the eldest son of Joseph Smith, Jr., was his father’s legitimate successor upon his death.

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  1. RLDS Church calls for same sex marriages, ordination of gays into priesthood.

  2. RLDS Church calls for same sex marriages, ordination of gays into priesthood.

  3. The RLDS are leading the way again for the LDS; first allowing female ordination into the priesthood and now with same-sex marriage.

  4. Told yeah. It's starting already. Soon, the rest will follow and my parents/family/friends will apologize and suggest I go back to the LDS church. To which I'll reply they need to join Buddhism =).

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