Founder of Ordain Women excommunicated from Mormon Church by a panel of men

Founder of Ordain Women excommunicated from Mormon Church by a panel of men
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Kate Kelly, the founder of a group that questions gender roles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was excommunicated on Monday on grounds of apostasy. The decision was made by an all-male panel in Northern Virginia.

A human rights attorney, Kelly, 33, started Ordain Women as a way of starting a discussion about women being able to join the Mormon priesthood, and has led public protests and training workshops to spread the word. While women can hold leadership positions in the church, only men can be called to the highest reaches as bishops, stake presidents, and members of the church's ruling bodies, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency.

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Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.