LDS Church’s FamilySearch database to add same-sex families to Family Tree feature

SALT LAKE CITY — The world’s largest genealogy organization is redesigning so that the LDS Church-sponsored database can store and provide records of same-sex families.

The major overhaul to the website’s system should be ready by 2019, according to a brief news release posted online Wednesday.

The announcement said’s goal is to capture accurate genealogy “that represents past, present and future families of the world.”

“To support this goal,” the release continued, “same-sex relationships, including same-sex parents and same-sex couples, will be provided in FamilySearch Family Tree. Several systems that surround Family Tree, such as tree and record searching, must be significantly redesigned to support same-sex relationships before Family Tree can release this capability.”

FamilySearch International is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The church immediately acknowledged the legality of same-sex marriage in the United States after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized it in June 2015. Later that year, President Dallin H. Oaks, now of the First Presidency, counseled church members and people of faith to submit to the law once it is sustained by the highest available authority.

Since then, the LDS position has remained clear. The faith’s leaders repeatedly have taught that all people should be treated with kindness and respect and that Mormons should follow the law while continuing to teach that marriage between a man and a woman is a central part of Mormon doctrine and practice.

“Following this work, the FamilySearch Family Tree application can then allow same-sex information to be recorded,” the release stated. “We appreciate your patience and desire to preserve the world’s genealogy in Family Tree.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Top stories


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