Mayor-elect Biskupski Statement on meeting with LDS Church officials

Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski released the following statement regarding her meeting with LDS Church officials today:

“I truly appreciate meeting with Elder D. Todd Christofferson, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Bishop Gérald Caussé, presiding bishop of the Church, to discuss the future of Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints plays a key role in Salt Lake City’s history and in our city’s future and I look forward to continuing a relationship of open dialogue.

“Elder Christofferson and Bishop Caussé were very interested in discussing ways the Church can help on issues of homelessness, air quality, and watershed issues. We are all looking forward to a much more collaborative effort on long-term economic development opportunities for Salt Lake City. Today we began meaningful conversations that will continue at all levels for the next four years.

“At the end of the meeting Elder Christofferson also graciously accepted a letter which conveyed my feelings on the Church’s new policy regarding families headed by same-sex couples and their children. As a leader in Salt Lake City, and after hearing from many individuals, I felt it was my responsibility to use this opportunity to express the community’s concerns in a respectful manner. I share in the sadness and confusion that this new policy has caused many in our community--both members of the Church and non-members. The LDS Church has done so much good in promoting the strength of the family and while I strongly believe they are entitled to live in their doctrine, I hope this policy direction will not last long.”