Mormon leader: Kim Davis is taking wrong approach

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The Mormon Church is criticizing Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to license gay marriages. Mormon leaders say we should find common ground instead and seek compromises between protecting religious liberties and prohibiting discrimination.

Mormon leader Dallin H. Oaks says our cultural differences should not become “culture wars.”

His speech was delivered Tuesday to a gathering of judges and clergy in Sacramento, California. The Associated Press was given an advance copy.

Oaks is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles that guides The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was chosen to deliver the statement because he also served as a Utah Supreme Court judge.

Davis and her attorney, Mat Staver, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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