Gay rights group Soulforce on Monday met with a handful of LDS representatives in Salt Lake City, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The Soulforce Equality Ride, now in its fifth year, is a two-month bus tour to protest against “political and spiritual oppression against LGBT people.”

Riders met with representatives from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to make four specific requests: to cut all ties with “ex-gay” group Evergreen International; to stop funding groups opposed to gay marriage; to encourage LDS Business College to adopt gay-inclusive policies; and to ban discrimination against church employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Equality Ride co-director Jason Conner described the meeting as “overall positive,” but lamented that “no LDS Church leadership were involved.”

“But we are cautiously optimistic that progress is being made regarding LGBTQ issues,” he told the paper.

For example, Conner said that the Mormon Church had agreed to reiterate to members that no gay man or lesbian should “question their worth or value or be kicked out of their home because of their orientation or gender expression identity.”

The Mormon Church came under heavy criticism in 2008 for supporting passage of California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.