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Hundreds of Mormons Quit Church Over New Same-Sex Policy

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Hundreds of Mormons resigned from the church on Saturday to protest a new policy banning children with same-sex parents from being baptized until they reach adulthood, according to reports.

The mass resignation comes just days after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a new policy that lists same-sex marriage as an act considered a renunciation of the faith.

“The fact that it affects children really upset people,” said attorney Mark Naugle, who is helping members with the resignation process, told CNN. “Most people are disaffected from the church already, and this was the final straw.”

Around 1,500 said they had plans to resign, according to Naugle. Many of those soon-to-be ex-Mormons waited outside Naugle’s office in Utah for help processing the paperwork.



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