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Mormon Church calls for compassion for gays

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Lionel Trepanier (R) and Lucas Paul (2nd-R) walk past the Mormon Temple on the Main Street Plaza holding hands with other protesters July 12, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The protesters defied church security warnings and walked onto the plaza anyway to protest the detention and handcuffing of two gay men for holding hands and one kissing the other on the cheek there on July 9. The men were also sited by the Salt Lake City police. George Frey/Getty Images

When a federal judge overturned California's ban on gay marriage, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints issued a statement saying it regretted the judge's decision. 

When Proposition 8 was on the ballot, Mormon leaders called on California members of the church to donate their time and money in support of the measure. But, now the Church has a somewhat different message when it comes to gay rights.

Matthew Bowman, professor of religion at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and author of the book "The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith," joins the show to outline what Mormon leaders have traditionally had to say about homosexuality. 

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