Vigil planned for Mormon podcaster facing excommunication

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Supporters of a Mormon podcaster facing excommunication from the faith are planning to hold a vigil outside a disciplinary hearing scheduled for Sunday.

John Dehlin said in a statement Tuesday that his supporters plan to gather at the North Logan Stake Center at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The 6 p.m. church disciplinary council could result in Dehlin being kicked out of the faith.

Dehlin says it isn’t clear whether the council will reach a verdict Sunday.

Dehlin runs the podcast Mormon Stories and a website under the same name that provides a forum for church members questioning their faith.

Dehlin says he’s been told that the website and his support for same-sex marriage are the reasons he’s being accused of apostasy.

Church officials have declined to comment on his case.

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