An offshoot of the Mormon Church called the Community of Christ has recommended a policy change that will allow for the ordination of lesbians and gays and to oversee marriages or commitment services for same-sex couples.
The Community of Christ, once known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, held their US National Conference last weekend. Around 1,500 delegates and another five hundred people attended the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, according to Kendra Friend, a member of the Church’s media relations team.
The delegate had more than a majority to recommend that the sacrament of marriage be extended to same-sex couples where it is legal, and to allow them to oversee commitment ceremonies where it is not.
They also recommended the ordination of people to every level of priesthood without regard to sexual orientation or relationship status. The changes still need to be approved by the First Presidency and Council of Twelve Apostles; however, Friend stated that it was her understanding that they would follow the recommendation of the National Conference.
It could be another year before the changes go into effect.
There are various religious organizations which now support marriage equality. There are even some Islamic imams who have been willing to perform marriages for same-sex couples.
The mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints remains opposed to same-sex marriage and considers homosexuality to be sinful and wrong. The Community of Christ dates back to 1872. Today, they are based in Independence, Missouri and have approximately 250,00 members.