Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir look on during the opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A group of about 200 feminist women have been denied entrance to an all-male meeting of Mormon priesthood holders.
The Ordain Women group marched from a nearby park to a standby line at outside the meeting Saturday evening to highlight what they perceive as gender inequality. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokeswoman Ruth Todd greeted them and told them they would not be allowed in. The group had previously been denied their request for tickets.
The all-male meeting is being broadcast live around the world for the first time ever. Kate Kelly, the group's founder, said that's a good first step but not enough. She said men and women are not equal in the church.
In a statement, church officials said millions of women do not share the views of this small group and find their efforts divisive.