Gay Mormon group asks for meeting with new church president

Associated Press/February 9, 2008

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.

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