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Letter from First Presidency of the Church to Church leaders in the United States

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has sent a letter to its congregational leaders throughout the United States, urging members to "express themselves" on a forthcoming vote in the United States Senate relating to the definition of marriage.

The letter, signed by the First Presidency of the Church — the faith’s highest governing body — draws attention to the Senate vote scheduled for 6 June on an amendment to the federal Constitution that would "protect the traditional institution of marriage." It will be read to congregations at the start of Church services this Sunday.

"We, as the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, have repeatedly set forth our position that the marriage of a man and a woman is the only acceptable marriage relationship," the letter says.

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