Soul Force Riders Meet With Mormon Officials

By Neal Broverman

Originally published on Advocate.com April 24 2012 6:55 PM ET

Members of the Soul Force Equality Ride met with legislative officials of the Latter-Day Saints Church on Monday and apparently made some headway.

The gay rights advocates had four demands from the LDS officials (which weren't part of the actual church leadership, but rather legal and legislative leaders): cutting ties with a group that promotes "ex-gay" therapy, cut funding to groups working against marriage equality, encourage the LDS Business College to soften its LGBT stances, and "to add sexual orientation and gender identity/expression to the faith’s policies for church employees," according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Equality Ride co-director Jason Connor said that the officials they met with agreed to use "more inclusive language" when it came to LGBT members and employees, and to make clear to gays that shouldn't "question their worth or value or be kicked out of their home because of their orientation or gender expression identity."

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