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Mormon-Owned Paper Rejects Gay Ad

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A newspaper owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rejected an advertisement for a memorial service in Salt Lake City this weekend in honor of gay Mormons who have committed suicide.

The Foundation for Reconciliation, which seeks to foster understanding between the LGBT community and the Mormon Church, paid to advertise the memorial service, "From Despair to Hope," in The Deseret News.

However, MediaOne, the agency which oversees advertising for The Deseret News, said the LDS-owned newspaper rejected the ad, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

"MediaOne, which handles advertising for both the News and The Salt Lake Tribune, accepted payment from the nonprofit Foundation for Reconciliation to run an ad, announcing a memorial service this Sunday, in both papers," The Salt Lake Tribune reported. "But on Wednesday, a MediaOne employee told the group's Cheryl Nunn that the ad had been rejected by the News."

In August, The Deseret News also declined to run an announcement for a gay couple that wed in San Francisco.

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