Mormon Church Defends Barring Children Of Same-Sex Couples
Policy changes to a church handbook restrict kids with gay parents from becoming members and label individuals in same-sex marriages as "apostates."By Samantha Crook | November 7, 2015
The Mormon church is defending a new policy that says children of same-sex couples can’t be baptized members of the church until age 18.
Earlier this week, The Salt Lake Tribune reported on leaked policy changes being made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Handbook 1 — a widely distributed guide for leaders of the church.
According to a document posted by an LGBT advocate and excommunicated member of the church, children of same-sex couples — married or not — won't be allowed to be ordained or do missionary service until they have denounced their parents' behavior and get special permission from church leaders. The church later confirmed the policy changes.