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By Trudy Ring
A Utah lesbian couple say they’ve been harassed by local Mormon leaders who wanted to bring them before a church court, and some other same-sex couples are coming forward with similar stories.
Leisha and Amanda LaCrone, a married couple with five children in Mount Pleasant, Utah, say they’ve had several bizarre and unwelcome encounters with church representatives, Salt Lake City TV station KTSU reports. Both attended the Mormon Church, formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as children, but they have not been involved with the church for years.
Leisha LaCrone said a hardware store employee tried to talk to her about the church a couple of times, and after she declined, the couple started receiving phone calls asking them to meet with the local Mormon bishop, and they also turned down these requests. The topper, they told the station, was when church members hand-delivered a letter saying a disciplinary council — a church court hearing — was being held for Leisha because she had been reported to “have participated in conduct unbecoming a member of the Church.” She posted a picture of the letter on Facebook.
The disciplinary council was scheduled for last Tuesday, but the women did not attend. They assume they were targeted because of their relationship, but they wonder why the church — which last year strengthened its stance against same-sex unions — is coming after them now. Leisha, for one, told KTSU she received a letter of excommunication — expulsion from the church — 15 years ago.
She bears no ill will toward the church, but “I would just like for them to let us live in this society and raise our children, and leave us alone,” she told the station.
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