Previous rules had banned baptisms for children living with gay parents until they turn 18, and disavowed same-sex relationships

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday repealed rules unveiled in 2015 that banned baptisms for children of gay parents and made gay marriage a sin worthy of expulsion.

The surprise announcement by the faith widely known as the Mormon church reverses rules that triggered widespread condemnations from LGBT members and their allies and marked a jarring shift from the religion’s push to carve out a more compassionate stance on LGBT issues.

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