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LDS Church Policy on Same-Sex Relationships Prompts Difficult Conversations

Andrea Smardon
Leah Leavitt and her father Gary Leavitt recently had a conversation about resigning from the LDS Church, prompted by the Church's policies on same-sex relationships.

Many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have considered resignation over the last few days. It’s a response to updated policies that say members in same-sex marriages can be kicked out, and that bar their children from being baptized unless they disavow same-sex relationships.

Leah Leavitt is heterosexual and was raised Mormon, but she was so outraged by these changes in Church policy, that she organized a resignation party at a bar in Salt Lake City over the weekend, where she says more than 80 people decided to remove their names from Church membership.

Before that event, though, Leah had a conversation with her parents, who are still devoted members of the Church. It’s partly because of her parents that she hasn’t resigned yet. It’s one of many difficult discussions going on across the Mormon community, testing relationships and faith. Leah and her father Gary Leavitt talk about what it’s like to have that conversation.

Andrea Smardon is new at KUER, but she has worked in public broadcasting for more than a decade. Most recently, she worked as a reporter and news announcer for WGBH radio. While in Boston, she produced stories for Morning Edition, Marketplace Money, and The World. Her print work was published in The Boston Globe and Prior to that, she worked at Seattleââ
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