SALT LAKE CITY -- For a second straight year, a large group of Mormons took part Sunday in the Utah Pride Parade in a show of support for the gay community.
Some 400 people from the grassroots group Mormons Building Bridges marched under a banner reading "Family Reunion" in the annual parade in Salt Lake City.
Last year, their participation marked the first time such a large group of Mormons had joined the parade.
Mormons Building Bridges organizer Erika Munson said the group and others have helped change public attitudes toward gay people.
Munson notes bishops no longer excommunicate members who come out, and the Boy Scouts of America has lifted its ban on gay youths.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints still teaches its members that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that same-sex relationships are sinful. But the church recently launched a campaign encouraging members to be more compassionate toward gay and lesbian members of the church.