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(SALT LAKE CITY) — Hundreds of Mormon women descended on Temple Square in Salt Lake City over the weekend to demand entry into the Mormon priesthood, according to the Wall Street Journal.

But the women were turned away from the church’s general conference, a move that signifies the church’s unwillingness to let female members into the priesthood.

“Despite polite and respectful requests from church leaders not to make Temple Square a place of protest, a mixed group of men and women ignored that request and staged a demonstration outside the Tabernacle on General Conference weekend, refusing to accept ushers’ directions and refusing to leave when asked,” church spokesman Cody Craynor told the Salt Lake City Tribune.

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