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Woman Fights Latter-Day Saints Excommunication

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By KMVT News

Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) The founder of a Mormon women's group is waiting to find out if she will be excommunicated from the church.

Hundreds of people rallied in Utah in support of Kate Kelly Sunday.

At the same time, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints disciplinary council met in Virginia to decide her fate.

Kelly is founder of a group seeking the ordination of women to the faith's priesthood, which goes against the church's teachings.

Only men are allowed to serve in that capacity.

Whatever happens, Kelly says she will always be Mormon.

"I don't feel like Mormonism is something that washes off. I will always be Mormon and that identity is something that they can't take from me," Kelly says.

"In the church, we want all to feel welcome, safe, valued, and there is room for questions but how we ask is as important as what we ask; we should not try dictate to God what is right in this church," explains LDS Church Spokeswoman Ally Isom.

Kelly says supporters sent more than one thousand letters to the council asking them to allow her to remain in the church.

No word on when the council will issue a ruling.


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