Monday, July 28, 2008

Church delays meeting with Affirmation

Excerpts from a Salt Lake Tribune article by Jennifer Dobner:
Mormon agency delays meeting with Affirmation

An August meeting between a gay Mormon support group and a church-run social service agency has been indefinitely delayed pending the appointment of a new director for LDS Family Services.  

In a letter sent Wednesday, outgoing director Fred C. Riley said the matter would best be handled by his successor, who hasn't been selected. LDS Family Services is an arm of the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  

Riley was to hold the meeting at the request of church president Thomas S. Monson. It was seen by leaders of Affirmation, an international support group for gay, lesbian and transgender Mormons, as a sign that church leaders recognized a need to better support gay Mormons and their families. Affirmation has no direct affiliation with the church.  

''We've now written to President Monson and asked if another general authority can be designated to meet with us on the eleventh,'' Melson told The Associated Press.  

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