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Mormon Group Pushing For Women In The Priesthood

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A view of the exterior of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)

A view of the exterior of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A campaign is under way by Mormons who want to see women allowed into the priesthood.

A website and Facebook page has been dedicated to the cause, “Ordainwomen.org,” and a Salt Lake City-based foundation is holding panels on the topic.

Women can hold many leadership positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but aren’t allowed to be bishops or stake presidents. The church’s highest leaders, called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, are also all men.

Mormon church spokesman Michael Purdy issued a statement saying that doctrine dictates that men and women are equal. He says they follow a pattern “set by the Savior” with priesthood ordination.

The campaign is the latest effort by Mormon feminists to draw attention to what they perceive as “gender inequality.”

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