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Mormon church excommunicates women's group founder

In this Sunday, June 22, 2014 photo, a tear rolls down the face of Kate Kelly, the founder of Ordain Women, a prominent Mormon women's group, during a vigil in Salt Lake City. Kelly found out Monday that she had been excommunicated from the church.
In this Sunday, June 22, 2014 photo, a tear rolls down the face of Kate Kelly, the founder of Ordain Women, a prominent Mormon women's group, during a vigil in Salt Lake City. Kelly found out Monday that she had been excommunicated from the church.
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In this Sunday, June 22, 2014 photo, a tear rolls down the face of Kate Kelly, the founder of Ordain Women, a prominent Mormon women's group, during a vigil in Salt Lake City. Kelly found out Monday that she had been excommunicated from the church.
Kate Kelly, founder of "Ordain Women," holds two tickets to the all male priesthood session at the 184th annual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on April 5, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The group organized to ask the leaders of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Mormons, to open up their all male priesthood to women ordination and leadership. On Monday, the group announced that church leaders had notified her she had been excommunicated.
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In this Sunday, June 22, 2014 photo, a tear rolls down the face of Kate Kelly, the founder of Ordain Women, a prominent Mormon women's group, during a vigil in Salt Lake City. Kelly found out Monday that she had been excommunicated from the church.
Kate Kelly, founder of "Ordain Women," talks to the media with over 500 supporters on April 5, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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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.