But alternate is coming to the family tree useful resource — and soon.
The church’s genealogical arm has been making plans for a number of years to make bigger its services and products to come with “same-sex parents and same-sex couples,” in accordance to a statement on the FamilySearch website, however that calls for a number of techniques to be “significantly redesigned to support same-sex relationships before Family Tree can release this capability.”
The team expects to “finish this work by 2019,” it stated. “Following this work, the FamilySearch Family Tree application can then allow same-sex information to be recorded.”
Owned and operated by way of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySeek is “one of the world’s largest collections of genealogical data, drawn from civil, ecclesiastical and other sources to assist researchers,” church spokeswoman Irene Caso stated Wednesday in a commentary. It makes no judgment “as to the legitimacy or character of the relationships found in these public records. …They are simply collections of data to be assessed for their genealogical value by each researcher.”
Still, don’t be expecting the church to carry out temple rituals for gay couples.
Mormons “who use these same records to request temple services for their ancestors and families understand that the church solemnizes or seals’ marriages,” Caso stated, “only between people of the opposite sex.”
Even when the brand new device is to be had for purchasers to supply records for gay couples, there may not be any kissing pictures allowed.
Last 12 months, FamilySeek up to date its policies to block the posting of any “images of people kissing [or about to kiss] on the mouth … regardless of gender, age or relationship.”
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