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Mormon Church Excommunicates Women's Group Founder

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UPDATE: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mormon church has excommunicated the prominent founder of a Mormon women's group.
   
The group, Ordain Women, announced Monday afternoon that Kate Kelly's former church leaders in Virginia notified her of the decision.
   
Kelly's former leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had weighed the high-profile decision overnight.
   
She did not attend the disciplinary hearing but instead held a vigil in Salt Lake City with about 200 supporters.
   
As the leader of Ordain Women, Kelly is accused of apostasy, which is repeated and public advocacy of positions that oppose church teachings.
   
Mormon officials aren't discussing Kelly's case, but say that disciplinary hearings are held when members' actions contradict church doctrine and lead others astray.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The founder of a Mormon women's group who is facing excommunication held a vigil Sunday night in Salt Lake City along with about 200 of her supporters.

Church leaders in Kate Kelly's former congregation in Virginia also met Sunday night to decide if she will be ousted.
    
As the leader of Ordain Women, Kelly is accused of apostasy, which is repeated and public advocacy of positions that oppose church teachings. Ordain Women advocates for gender equality in the faith, with the ultimate goal of allowing women in the lay clergy. Kelly insists that she has not spoken out against church leaders or church doctrine.
    
Mormon officials aren't discussing Kelly's case, but say that disciplinary hearings are held when members' actions contradict church doctrine and lead others astray.
    
The bishop in Kelly's former congregation will likely notify her of his decision on excommunication by Monday.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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