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Mormon Church Excommunicates Kate Kelly, Sending Warning Signal to Activists

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In an unapologetic move, the Mormon Church has excommunicated Kate Kelly, the human rights lawyer and activist who pushed for the church to ordain more women into priesthood.

The announcement comes as a warning signal for activists and indicates the church’s unwillingness to waiver under pressure for better recognition of women’s and LGBT rights. John Dehlin, a writer and LGBT activist, also faces excommunication and will discuss his case on June 29. The two activists face excommunication on charges of apostasy, which is defined as repeated and public advocacy of positions that oppose Mormon beliefs and teachings.

Before the decision, 71 Mormon bloggers signed a letter of support for Kelly and Dehlin, acknowledging the Church’s predilection to excommunicate and punish church members for have progressive beliefs rather than address the critical issues facing the Mormon community.

Our hearts go out to Kate Kelly and all the powerful women in the LDS church who refuse to choose between who they are and what they believe. We know that the full participation of women in our faith traditions is directly connected to LGBT inclusion. HRC will continue to stand with all those who stand in the margins of the faith traditions they love.

HRC’s Religion and Faith Program seeks to engage all faith traditions in a deeper dialogue on questions of fairness and equality for LGBT Americans. For more resources from HRC’s Religion and Faith program, visit http://www.hrc.org/issues/religion-faith.

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