John Dehlin, who runs a Mormon website, applauds after seeing "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway in New York, on March 25, 2011.
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Mormon Church moves to excommunicate podcaster John Dehlin

The Mormon Church is moving to punish a prominent progressive podcaster who supports gay rights and the ordination of women, he said Thursday. John Dehlin has been summoned to a disciplinary hearing Jan. 25 on a charge of apostasy and was told the outcome will be censure or excommunication.

“I would much rather face excommunication than disavow my moral convictions,” Dehlin said on his blog.

The podcaster is coming under fire from the church for his views on marriage for same-sex couples, the role of women in the church, and other progressive views, according to The New York Times.

Dehlin was warned in June that his activities could get him in hot water — days after the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints excommunicated Mormon feminist Kate Kelly.

Church officials did not immediately return requests for comment.

Mormon Church moves to excommunicate podcaster John Dehlin