Gay Mormons to church: Don't fight California court ruling

SALT LAKE CITY " A support group for gay Mormons is urging church leaders to stay on the sidelines after the California Supreme Court said same-sex marriage there is legal.

The church has expressed disappointment in the May 15 ruling. Some critics want to overturn it through a constitutional amendment.

In a statement Wednesday, leaders of the gay group Affirmation are asking The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints not to meddle in politics that harms gay families.

Instead, the group wants Mormon leaders to help people who are hurt by the church's teaching that homosexuality is a sin.

The church believes God only sanctions marriage between a man and a woman. In 2000, it actively supported a California ballot measure similar to that stance.


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