The Church of the Latter-day Saints on Thursday announced that it will now allow baptisms and give blessings to children of parents who are in the LGBT community.
The Deseret News reported the changes in church policy that stem from 2015 mandates that were deemed limiting to the LGBT community.
The changes were announced by LDS Church President Dallin Oaks during the church’s 189th Annual General Conference, according to the paper.
“The very positive policies announced this morning should help affected families,” Oaks said, according to the Salt Lake City news outlet. “In addition, our members’ efforts to show more understanding, compassion and love should increase respect and understanding among all people of good will.”
The Deseret News noted the changes are only to church policy, not church doctrine, and leaders made note of the distinction.
“These changes do not represent a shift in church doctrine related to marriage or the commandments of God in regard to chastity and morality,” the release announcing the changes said.
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