The Mormon Church of Latter-day Saints released in the beginning of November new guidelines including a new policy that labels same-sex couples apostate and bans children of same-sex relationships from being baptized. A child living in a same-sex household could only be baptized after being 18 and disavowing the practice of their parents.
Due to that, there was a call for a mass resignation to protest against one of the policies that prohibits the "natural or adopted" children of parents in same-sex relationships from receiving a name and a blessing in a ceremony performed by the Mormon priesthood, according to the new handbook distributed.
More than 1.500 Mormons have declared they're leaving the Church and hundreds showed up for a mass resignation event outside one of the temples, getting legal help with letters to be sent to the church's record office.
At first I found beautiful this movement against a religious imposition that separates people instead of uniting them, that makes children choose religion over their parents. At a better glance, I understood at a deeper level what it means for a Mormon to resign from their religion. The Church keeps books with notes of the spiritual life of all of it's millions of members, following their steps from congregation to congregation, from baptism to marriage. I discovered that the Mormon Church vests deep spiritual importance in family-history research and tracing ancestral lines. It even has a family History library in Salt Lake City and it's own genealogy website.
To resign from the Mormon Church means not only to resign from your faith but also to have your name removed from these records, which weighs this act with even more symbolism. To some, this disconnection is just a formality of a life that has distanced itself from the religion. To others, it feels like the death of someone close and loved.
All of my love to these families who are standing up against old and misguided beliefs and demanding to be accepted as they are.