Church issues statement in support of gay-rights ordinances

At Tuesday night's Salt Lake City Council meeting, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement showing its support of the city's proposed non-discrimination regulations.

The statement by the LDS Church reflects a position stated by the high-ranking church authorities more than a year ago.

"We are not anti-gay, we are pro-marriage between a man and a woman. And there's a huge difference between those two points," Elder L. Whitney Clayton, of the Presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy told KSL News.

One day after last year's election--in which the Church supported California's Proposition 8--Elder Clayton stressed the support of traditional marriage. Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy

The Church's First Presidency also released a statement, which reads, in part, that the Church "does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights or probate rights."

"The LDS Church says it does not oppose same sex couples receiving such rights as hospitalization and medical care, fair housing rights, or probate rights," Mike Thompson, with Equality Utah, said in 2008.

Leaders of Equality Utah then stepped forward to propose several bills for the 2009 Legislature. The five bills included rights in medical care and hospital visitation for same-sex couples, housing and employment protections, and insurance rights for a partner.

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