Last week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced new guidelines classifying people in same-sex marriages as apostates and barring their children from baptizing and naming ceremonies. This week, Mormons are pushing back.
Yesterday afternoon, Kate Kelly, a vocal activist for greater gender equality within the Mormon Church, was excommunicated for her alleged apostasy. "I'm feeling really disappointed, and dejected, and just forsaken," she told me, audibly downcast, in a brief interview after the decision was announced.
Traditionally, the Mormon church hews to strict gender roles, encouraging the faithful to marry early and women—who are automatically disqualified from the priesthood, the authority bestowed upon men—to concentrate their efforts on the home. But change might be coming.