Mormon gay-rights advocate faces excommunication

The golden angel Moroni stands atop the Mormon Salt Lake temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. (File)  (George Frey, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/29 7:08 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A well-known Mormon gay-rights advocate faces excommunication as he meets with a regional church leader discuss his case.

John Dehlin also has operated a website for years that provides a forum for church members questioning their faith. He expects to find out Sunday if he'll face a disciplinary hearing or be exonerated.

His meeting comes six days after Kate Kelly, the founder of a prominent Mormon women's group, was excommunicated in a case that sent ripples throughout the country.

Kelly is appealing that ruling.

Dehlin was told in early June to resign as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or face a disciplinary committee. His church leader in Logan, Utah, has agreed to meet before deciding the next step.

Dehlin is a well-known Mormon blogger who, despite being heterosexual, is an advocate for the LGBT community.

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