Mormon Women Protest to Be Ordained

    Kate Kelly, center, with a group of about 200 feminist women are denied entrance to an all-male meeting of Mormon priesthood holders during the evening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Salt Lake City. The Ordain Women group marched from a nearby park to a standby line at outside the meeting Saturday evening to highlight what they perceive as gender inequality. The group had previously been denied their request for tickets. The all-male meeting is being broadcast live around the world for the first time ever. Kate Kelly, the group's founder, said that's a good first step but not enough.  In a statement, church officials said millions of women do not share the views of this small group and find their efforts divisive.

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    Hey, if polygamy has been outlawed by the Mormon Church, why can’t women be ordained? About 130 women protested Saturday outside the Tabernacle after being rejected from the all-male priesthood meeting. Adding insult to injury was that men and boys were issued last-minute tickets, making it seem like “they were more important,” said Julia Murphy, of Heidelberg, Germany. Part of the Ordain Women movement, the group is trying to pressure the Utah-based Church of Latter-Day Saints to extend the priesthood to women. Only men aged 12 and older can be considered for priesthood. But Ordain Women faces an uphill battle: a poll in the 2010 book American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us found that 90 percent of LDS women oppose female priests.

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