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In this Sept. 3, 2014, file photo, shows flowers blooming in front of the Salt Lake Temple. in Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. (Photo by Rick Bowmer/AP)

Mormon Church backs LGBT protections

Attempting to appease both sides in an intensifying conflict between LGBT advocates and the religious right, top leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday that they supported both the passage of statewide nondiscrimination protections for gay and lesbian Utahns, and the religious freedom of those who oppose homosexuality. “We call on local, state, and the federal government to serve all of their people by passing legislation that protects vital religious freedoms for individual families, churches, and other faith groups while also protecting the rights of our LGBT citizens in such areas as housing, employment, and public accommodation in hotels, restaurants, and transportation -- protections which are not available in many parts of the country,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks said in a news release. Mormon officials, he continued, “believe laws ought to be framed to achieve a balance.”

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