The Latest: Sen. Reid backs Mormon choir singer who quit

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Posted: Dec 30, 2016 5:37 PM
The Latest: Sen. Reid backs Mormon choir singer who quit

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir who resigned over the choir's upcoming performance at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. (all times local):

3:33 p.m.

One of the most powerful Mormons in the country is praising a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir who resigned from the famed group over its decision to perform at next month's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Retiring Democratic Nevada Sen. Harry Reid said Friday in a statement to The Salt Lake Tribune that he admires people like Jan Chamberlin who "reject tyranny and fascism and do what they can to stand up for what is right."

The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/2ieSfXG ) reports that Chamberlin posted her resignation letter to choir leaders on her Facebook page Thursday. In it, she writes that by performing at the Jan. 20 inaugural, the 360-member choir will appear to be "endorsing tyranny and fascism." She says she feels betrayed by the choir's decision to take part.

The choir is part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church spokesman Eric Hawkins says participation in the choir and the inaugural performance is voluntary.

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5:31 a.m.

A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir says she has resigned from the famed group over its decision to perform at next month's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Jan Chamberlin posted her resignation letter to choir leaders on her Facebook page Thursday. In it, she writes that by performing at the Jan. 20 inaugural, the 360-member choir will appear to be "endorsing tyranny and fascism." She says she feels betrayed by the choir's decision to take part.

The choir is part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church spokesman Eric Hawkins tells The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/2ieSfXG ) that participation in the choir and the inaugural performance is voluntary.

Hawkins said last week the choir's tradition of presidential performances isn't "implied support of party affiliations or politics."

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com