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Mormons scrap conference session once reserved for men only

The Moroni statue on top of the Oquirrh Mountain Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of...
The Moroni statue on top of the Oquirrh Mountain Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is silhouetted against the sky in South Jordan, Utah, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. While the church has traditionally been overwhelmingly conservative and Republican, today there's also an increasingly large strain of liberal members. The church has also begun to directly address its history of racism, including a ban on Black priests that it lifted four decades ago. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)(Wong Maye-E | AP)
Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 12:10 PM MDT
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A session that used to be reserved for men only at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ twice-annual conference has been scrapped.

Church leaders said Monday that the decision was made because the session is now available online for anyone to watch.

The church changed the Saturday evening session three years ago to alternate each six months between being for only men and only for women. Some women in the faith had argued the male-only session represented gender inequality in the faith.

The church says the October conference will be held without attendees for the fourth time in a row as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic linger.

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