The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas concert will be a sad event for LGBT Mormons. The church recently announced a divisive and hateful policy directed at gay and lesbian Mormons and their children.
Mormons who enter into same-sex unions will be considered apostates under new church policies, and their children will be banned from naming blessings and baptism rituals. The policies are part of “Handbook 1,” a guide for lay leaders of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The changes were leaked to the public via social media on November 3rd, 2015.
LGBT Mormons and Allies have started an online petition via Change.org to the guest performers of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas concert asking them to cancel their performances.
We ask that you cancel your collaboration with the choir due to the LDS church’s new rules prohibiting children that have a gay parent from becoming members of their church; regardless if the parent is in a same-sex marriage or just living together. In addition, the new policy lists same-sex couples as apostates requiring mandatory church discipline
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir holds an annual series of Christmas concerts over four days with over 80,000 in attendance over the four days in the LDS church’s Conference Center, which seats 21,000. The Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas live concert is broadcast the following year on PBS. Allies are also asking PBS to cancel their annual broadcast of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas concert.
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