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Mormon Church: Same-Sex Weddings Prohibited In Their Churches

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File photo of a Mormon church. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is telling its local leaders that same-sex wedding ceremonies and receptions are prohibited in their churches.

In a statement issued Friday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reiterated its belief that homosexuality is not condoned by God.

Church leaders say civil law or trends in society cannot change the “moral law that God has established.”

The LDS church’s statement comes on a day when the Obama administration extended federal recognition to the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah that took place before the Supreme Court put those unions in the state on hold.

Church leaders support the state’s appeal of the Dec. 20 ruling from the federal judge that struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages.

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