Feminist Mormon women's not allowed in all-male meeting during church general conference

Associated Press/October 5, 2013

Salt Lake City -- A group of about 200 feminist women have been denied entrance to an all-male meeting of Mormon priesthood holders.

The Ordain Women group marched from a nearby park to a standby line at outside the meeting Saturday evening to highlight what they perceive as gender inequality. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokeswoman Ruth Todd greeted them and told them they would not be allowed in. The group had previously been denied their request for tickets.

The all-male meeting is being broadcast live around the world for the first time ever. Kate Kelly, the group’s founder, said that’s a good first step but not enough. She said men and women are not equal in the church.

In a statement, church officials said millions of women do not share the views of this small group and find their efforts divisive.

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