SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For a second straight year, a large group of Mormons took part Sunday in the Utah Pride Parade in a show of support for the gay community.
Some 400 people from the grassroots group Mormons Building Bridges marched under a banner reading “Family Reunion” in the annual parade in Salt Lake City.
Last year, their participation marked the first time such a large group of Mormons had joined the parade.
Mormons Building Bridges organizer Erika Munson told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1aSR16q ) that the group and others have helped change public attitudes toward gay people. She notes bishops no longer excommunicate members who come out.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints still teaches its members that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that same-sex relationships are sinful. But the church recently launched a campaign encouraging members to be more compassionate toward gay and lesbian members of the church.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com