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Remark stirs controversy on LDS women's rights and roles

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A comment by LDS’ general young women's president has stirred the pot.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A comment by LDS’ general young women's president has stirred the pot.

During the January 15th Devotional Address, Elaine Dalton said, "you will understand your roles and your responsibilities and thus will see no need to lobby for rights."

It's unclear what Dalton meant by the comment, but speculation is brewing on the website "Feminist Mormon Housewives".

Jessica writes, "how sad to tell women they should never lobby for rights."
JG writes, "I guess having a uterus disqualifies you from lobbying."
Rune writes "you know what I would absolutely love? If we actually got lessons about how to be like Christ rather than how to be like genders."

Some question if recent campaigns from feminist Mormon women to obtain similar rights as men... sparked Dalton's comment. One campaign had criticized not being able to offer prayers at conference and another protested for the right to wear pants to church.

ABC 4 asked students at BYU Wednesday what they thought of Dalton’s comments and the criticism.

“For me I’m totally not your stereotypical girl, but I don't agree with wearing pants to church and the feminist and modern feminist movements,” said Sarah Flake, a BYU student. “I totally agree with her that you don't have to lobby for rights that are actually rights.”

Another BYU student, Carly Duckworth, said, “I understand my role which sister Dalton was talking about. I understand that is what is expected of me and I don't feel there needs to be any rebellion in that sense.”

ABC 4 reached out to the church and Dalton for a comment, but we were not given one.

To watch the entire address, click here.
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