LDS Church issues statement on hate crimes bill

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A file photo of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-say Saints says it doesn’t want any changes from last year’s big compromise bill on gay rights and nondiscrimination.

In a statement to FOX 13 on Wednesday, the LDS Church said it is not supporting any changes from the balance achieved by that from either side the political spectrum. Wednesday’s statement was in response to questions from FOX 13 about Senate Bill 107, which seeks to add race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protections under Utah law.

The LDS Church’s statement says:

“The Utah Legislature achieved something extraordinary last year in arriving at legislation that protected both religious liberty rights and LGBT rights. Interests from both ends of the political spectrum are attempting to alter that balance. We believe that the careful balance achieved through being fair to all should be maintained.”

The LGBT rights group Equality Utah said Wednesday it still hoped for the passage of SB107. It unveiled a long list of backers to the bill, including the Statewide Association of Prosecutors, the Utah Sentencing Commission, the ACLU, NAACP, the Catholic Diocese, First Baptist Church, the Episcopal Diocese and Utah Coaliton of La Raza.

“We’ve got multiple law enforcement agencies that have endorsed it, multiple faith organizations that have endorsed it and multiple ethnic communities that are also endorsing it and the numbers are growing every day,” said Equality Utah Executive Director Troy Williams.

Williams told FOX 13 they would keep talking with the LDS Church. SB107 passed out of a Senate committee last week. Senate debate could happen next week.

23 comments

  • laytonian

    WHY WHY don’t you ever report what any of the other religions say about bills?
    Oh, wait. None of the others interfere in Utah politics.

      • To Bob's Family: Defend our family from Bob and disown him or feel the wrath of those he harms

        Why don’t you do us all a favor and shut your mouth about us and our loved ones because we don’t care if you think we are hateful. When we want to know that the child your mother named Bob thinks we are distasteful we will ask the brat she brought into this world and that your family raised in their image what he thinks of us.

      • Stewart McDonald

        @TO BOB’S FAMILY: DEFEND OUR FAMILY …….
        Hateful and bigoted much? You obviously are suffering from some serious issues. Yikes!!

    • T

      The Church does not:

      Endorse, promote or oppose political parties, candidates or platforms.
      Allow its church buildings, membership lists or other resources to be used for partisan political purposes.
      Attempt to direct its members as to which candidate or party they should give their votes to. This policy applies whether or not a candidate for office is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
      Attempt to direct or dictate to a government leader.

      The last one is of funny.

  • mormon lover

    Churches that issue political statements and unashamedly influence legislation should be taxed. Utah could do a lot of stuff with their cut of everyone’s 10%. Productive things. The mormon church’s attempted theocracy building demonstrates the organization’s lack of integrity and its lack of appreciation for the Constitution and the secular nature of this nation. I can’t wait til the next Dem president wins the White House in 2017 and the next liberal Supreme Court justice is sworn in. Then we can do something about these religions that try to run the country.

    • Good Lord

      I can’t wait until the next Dem president wins the white house and curbs free speech. So I could charge you with hate speech!

    • Stewart McDonald

      Youir problem with the mormon church is their position on morality. Have you ever considered coming out of the closet?

  • Anne

    So sick of hearing what the LDS church thinks about Utah Legislation ……They should be taxed but just stay on the edge……but someday they will push yoo far…..and we will get them!

  • Nathan Tucker

    A few lines comes to mind from Depeche Mode, From the song “Stories of Old”.
    1. “You’ll find love has been wrecked. By both sides compromising. Amounting to a disastrous effect.”
    2. “But oh no! You won’t change me. You can try for an eternity. I wouldn’t sacrifice, Anything at all to love”

  • K

    We’re taught about the separation of church and state in school, yet if you live in Utah there’s no such thing. I don’t understand why the lds church keeps talking to the media about “their” view unless they are specifically trying to influence people’s opinions. Who’s view is it exactly? But I guess Mormons just have whatever view they’re told to have. This article is pointless. If you want to know what the lds church thinks about a topic, can’t you just go to church and ask? Why write a news article about what a corporation thinks?

    • ERIC ANDERSON

      If you’ve read the 1st Amendment you know that is doesn’t say anything about separation of church and state. You have read it …… right?

      • K

        I didn’t say anything about the first amendment. That’s only a part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights btw. So yes, I have read it. Have you read any further than the first paragraph?

  • Jim

    The fact that the church finds itself being considered bigots, and no longer practice christianity, i suppose they should rightly be worried that their anti-gay sance and propaganda should and could be reguarded as hate-crimes. There can be no other reason.

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