Gay Rights Group Delivers Letters to Mormon Church

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A national gay rights group has delivered
six boxes containing more than 27,000 letters to Mormon church

The letters from members of the Human Rights Campaign ask leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to publicly support gay rights legislation in Utah.

The Mormon church opposes gay marriage but has said it does not
oppose civil unions or non-marriage legal rights for same-sex couples.

Utah lawmakers are expected to consider five bills offering legal protections for gays and lesbians when the Legislature convenes on Jan. 26.

Church spokesman Scott Trotter says the letters were accepted and will be forwarded to the appropriate office for review.

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