SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The "pants protest" is picking up steam.
Mormon women all over the country are being urged to wear pants at LDS worship services this Sunday.
It's a peaceful protest for gender equality in the Church.
Now, no sooner had we posted the pants protest story on the ABC 4 Facebook page then the likes came pouring in.
Comments such as:
"This movement is amazing."
And, "I am going to wear my dress pants like crazy."
Wednesday, I talked with several of the women behind the pants protest.
For an idea that started just a few days ago, they seem shocked that more than a thousand LDS women will now be wearing pants to Church Sunday.
But they also reminded me that this isn't just about wearing pants, it's really about gender equality in the LDS Church.
Stephanie Lauritzen, one of the women behind the protest, told me,
"Mormon feminism is a big and growing group. More and more girls are being raised to say I can do anything, I can be anything. And then they hear a different message at Church."
But skirts have their supporters too.
One Facebook comment said simply (about the pants protest), "stupid."
Another expressed in mock amazement,
"Wow. I had no idea that pants were so magical they automatically make me equal."
To which one woman countered,
“I feel unequal when there are more (a lot more) men’s voices in religious texts, meetings, leadership positions, and decision making bodies.”
And late Wednesday afternoon, the pants protest story went national.
On its website, CNN posted our protest story from Tuesday.
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