Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Facing excommunication from Mormon church for becoming legally married

From Bangor Daily News:

Miner, 28, of Bangor will be excommunicated because Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints won’t allow him to marry his partner even though Maine voters now have legalized same-sex marriage. 

Miner, one of 10 children, was raised on a farm in Cedar City, Utah, where his father owns the local butcher shop. Miner and his siblings helped out on the farm and in the shop from the age of 8 until they turned 18 and left for college. 

Miner and his partner, who also was raised a Mormon, are building a life together with family as its foundation — an essential value within the denomination. 

“I don’t feel like I’m giving up my religion,” Miner said recently. “I disagree with the church on this issue. If that means that I have to be excommunicated, then, so be it. Right now where I rest spiritually is I’m just trying to figure everything out. I can’t call myself Mormon anymore because who knows what will happen with that. But I still consider myself a very spiritual person.” 

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