Mormon Church: Children Of Gay Parents Can Now Be Baptized

April 04, 2019 - 2:43 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints repealed rules on Thursday that previously banned baptisms for children of gay parents and made gay marriage a sin worthy of excommunication.

The announcement by the Mormon church reverses rules that once encouraged widespread condemnations from LGBT members.

Children of gay parents can now be baptized, so long as their parents acknowledge the children will be taught Mormon church doctrine.

The church says it is still opposed to gay marriage, and still considers same-sex relationships to be a "serious transgression." However, people in same-sex relationships will no longer face expulsion from the religion.

The change also marks one of the biggest moves by church President Russell M. Nelson, who has enacted a number of changes since taking over in January 2018.