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LDS church issues letter to members in response to same-sex marriage ruling

Mormons Building Bridges, a group of LDS supporters of the LGBT community, march in the Pride Parade (Photo: Grace Crosby).

(KUTV) The LDS church is asking its local leaders across the country to publicly read a letter to members dealing with the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

The letter, signed by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, reiterates the faith's long-standing opposition to gay marriage despite the court's ruling.

"Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established," the letter states. "God expects us to uphold and keep His commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society."

The letter also emphasizes church facilities and resources will not be used to perform same-sex weddings.

"Church officers will not employ their ecclesiastical authority to perform marriages between two people of the same sex, and the Church does not permit its meetinghouses or other properties to be used for ceremonies, receptions, or other activities associated with same-sex marriages."

Local leaders across the United States are asked to read the letter in a setting other than sacrament meeting on either July 5 or 12. To read the entire letter, click here.

The nation's high court ruled last week in favor of allowing gay marriages to be performed.

Recently, LDS apostle D. Todd Christofferson spoke to 2News about same-sex marriage and the evolution of leaders' thoughts on this issue. He also said members of the church who personally support same-sex marriage are not in danger of church discipline.

To watch the full interview with Christofferson, click here.

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