The Latest: Mormon leader reaffirms gay marriage opposition

The Latest on the Mormon conference in Salt Lake City (all times local):

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A top Mormon leader is reaffirming the religion’s opposition to same-sex marriages during a church conference watched by members around the world.

Dallin H. Oaks, a member of a top governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, on Saturday urged members to follow church teachings that dictate that marriage should be reserved for heterosexual men and women.

Oaks acknowledge that this belief puts Mormons at odds with current laws, including the recent legalization of gay marriage in the United States. He told Latter-day Saints that the religion’s 1995 document that details the longtime teachings called “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” is not a policy statement that will be changed.

The speech followed a push in recent years by The Church of Jesus Christ…

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