More than 130 women from the Ordain Women movement, seeking entrance to the Oct. 5 all-male priesthood session of the LDS Church's 183rd Semiannual General Conference, were turned away with the message: the Conference Center meeting was for men and boys only.
If the women had gone, though, to one of the Utah-based faith's chapels to watch a broadcast of the session, would they have been allowed to enter?
Possibly — if they insisted.
"We have received inquiry about whether women may be admitted to local meetinghouses to view the broadcast of the general priesthood meeting," read a letter to all LDS area authorities and stake presidents sent days before conference. "If women ask to be admitted, please inform them that the meeting is for men and that men are invited to attend."