Mormon Women Protest to Be Ordained

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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.