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Gay-rights opposes Weber State center named for LDS leader

Published On: May 31 2013 05:06:21 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 07 2015 06:48:34 PM CDT
Boyd K. Packer

Boyd K. Packer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -

A Utah gay-rights organization has started a petition to protest the naming of a new Weber State University center after a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Utah Stonewall Democrats sent a letter last week to the school's board of trustees asking them not to name the center after apostle Boyd K. Packer, who is next in line for the Mormon church presidency.

Packer's comments in the past have drawn backlash, including an address in 2010 when he denounced homosexual attraction as unnatural and immoral.

The group says Packer's comments over the years contrast the goals the university should have in regards to modern families.

A university spokesman says they do not plan to reconsider the name.

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

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