In stark contrast to allegations by LDS Church public relations employees that Ordain Women has made "non-negotiable demands," Ordain Women representatives have actively sought to initiate discussions with LDS leaders, including five written requests to LDS Church headquarters for meetings with any General Authority available and willing. These requests have been ignored. In this vacuum, we are left to interpret the will of our own ecclesiastical leaders through a hodgepodge of church PR statements.
In the most recent PR statement, an LDS Church spokesperson assured us that the church is having "meaningful, helpful conversations with a variety of voices." Indeed, Ordain Women has received word that conversations about our own group, Ordain Women, have taken place at male-only meetings, including a men's leadership meeting presided over by LDS apostle M. Russell Ballard in Kate Kelly's home stake in Virginia shortly before she was unexpectedly threatened with excommunication for apostasy by her local bishop.
Church PR officials tell us that "there is no effort to tell local leaders to keep members from blogging or discussing questions online" and yet, Oakton Virginia Stake President Scott Wheatley has demanded that Kate Kelly take down ordainwomen.org as a condition of church discipline, an act that would stop "civil online dialogue" that church PR claims "church leaders have encouraged."