Mormon Church Will Oppose Federal LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Measure

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The Mormon Church claimed that the Equality Act would "devastate religious education."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expressed on Monday its opposition to the recently proposed Equality Act, which would expand Federal nondiscrimination laws to include gender identity and sexual orientation, according to NBC News.

The religious organization, also known as the Mormon church, said the measure doesn’t “meet the standard of fairness for all,” since it will forbid religions and religious schools from keeping employment and admissions standards in line with their beliefs.

The Southern Baptist and Roman Catholic churches also opposed the proposal.

The proposed legislation would cover discrimination in employment, housing, education, and public spaces and services, according to NBC. It is expected to pass the House of Representatives easily, but to face strong opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate.

According to a statement released by the faith group, the measure would go further than similar laws enacted by Utah and effectively “threaten religious employment standards, devastate religious education” and “defund numerous religious charities."

The Mormon church supported a 2015 Utah law which made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing and employment decisions. That statue, however, contained an exemption for religious organizations.

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