Mormon Church: Gays Still Not OK

    SALT LAKE CITY - JULY 12:  Lionel Trepanier (R) and Lucas Paul (2nd-R) walk past the Mormon Temple on the Main Street Plaza holding hands with other protesters July 12, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The protesters defied church security warnings and walked onto the plaza anyway to protest the detention and handcuffing of two gay men for holding hands and one kissing the other on the cheek there on July 9. The men were also sited by the Salt Lake City police.  (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Lucas Paul;Lionel Trepanier

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    At the semiannual General Conference for the Mormon Church on Saturday, Neil Andersen, an elder in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, reiterated the church's stance on gay sex and marriage. "While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not," he said. He also declared that "sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife," and that of "special concern" were members of the church who "struggle with same-sex attraction." The Mormon Church has a history of doctrinal changes, first in 1890 when it ended polygamy, and in 1978 when it ended its ban on black men joining the priesthood.

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