Salt Lake City - A gay Mormon support group has asked to meet with Thomas S. Monson, the new president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Leaders of the group Affirmation say they want to foster a better relationship with the church and help change the way it supports and counsels gay members and their families.
They say there's a history of hurt and disagreement, but the appointment of a new president is an opportunity to seek common ground.
Affirmation's assistant director David Melson says a meeting with Monson and his two counselors would be unprecedented. The church doesn't recognize the group, which has more than 2,000 members.
Church teachings consider homosexuality a sin and hold up traditional marriage as ordained by God.
A church spokeswoman can't confirm receipt of the letter. Kim Farah says all corespondence with the First Presidency is private.