The Mormon Church Announces That Children Of Same-Sex Couples Cannot Be Baptized Or Blessed

Though most Mormon children receive their baptism around 8 years old, children of same-sex couples will have to wait until their 18th birthday.

Despite Mormon acceptance of gay people shooting up by 50%, the Mormon Church made a shocking pronouncement yesterday evening, decreeing that children of same-sex couples may not be baptized or blessed until they are 18.

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“A natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same-gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may not receive a name and a blessing,” the addition to the Mormon Handbook reads in a new section titled, “Children of a Parent Living in a Same-Gender Relationship.”

Though same-sex marriage has been legal since June, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as The Mormon Church) last night decided to identify those in a same-sex marriage as apostates (a person who renounces their religious).

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 4:  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and congregation sing during the 184th Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on October 4, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Faithful Mormons from around the world are gathered in Salt Lake City for the two day conference.  (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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Though most Mormon children receive their baptism around 8 years old, children of same-sex couples will have to wait until their 18th birthday, at which point they must disavow the practice of same-sex cohabitation or marriage and stop living within the household.

They must then request approval to be baptized, confirmed, ordained to the church priesthood and recommended for missionary service with the permission of the faith’s highest leaders, the First Presidency.

Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for the Salt Lake City-based church told NBC News that the revisions had been in the works for some time and that their issuance Thursday was unrelated to Tuesday’s election of Jackie Biskupski, the city’s first openly gay mayor.

h/t: The Washington Post