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Originally published Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

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Group of Mormons joins Utah Pride Parade again

For a second straight year, a large group of Mormons took part Sunday in the Utah Pride Parade in a show of support for the gay community.

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SALT LAKE CITY —

For a second straight year, a large group of Mormons took part Sunday in the Utah Pride Parade in a show of support for the gay community.

Some 400 people from the grassroots group Mormons Building Bridges marched under a banner reading "Family Reunion" in the annual parade in Salt Lake City.

Last year, their participation marked the first time such a large group of Mormons had joined the parade.

Mormons Building Bridges organizer Erika Munson told The Salt Lake Tribune ( http://bit.ly/1aSR16q) that the group and others have helped change public attitudes toward gay people. She notes bishops no longer excommunicate members who come out.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints still teaches its members that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that same-sex relationships are sinful. But the church recently launched a campaign encouraging members to be more compassionate toward gay and lesbian members of the church.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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