LDS officials meet with gay-rights advocates

by | Apr. 24, 2012

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Representatives from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met Monday morning with leaders of the Soulforce Equality Ride, a national bus tour aimed at "promoting acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and allied people."

LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter confirmed the meeting took place but didn't comment on the specifics.

Jason Conner, co-director of the Equality Ride and director of programs for Soulforce, said he is "cautiously optimistic" the morning session represents "a really good first step" in discussions between the Soulforce and the LDS Church. Soulforce is, according to its website, "committed to freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people from religious and political oppression through relentless nonviolent resistance."

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