KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) — On Jan. 1, the Utah-based faith will deliver the latest blow to the struggling organization when it pulls out more than 400,000 young people and moves them into a new global program of its own.
(RNS) — 'Separation from the BSA will allow the church to continue distinct programs for boys and girls, each designed to train the next generation in their designated gender roles,' writes Benjamin Park.
(RNS) The announcement that the LDS church is reducing its association with the Boy Scouts is part of a larger pattern of retrenching in its own programs when it's concerned about its youth.
(RNS) 'Where many people would say that they’re leaving Boy Scouts, we have many others that are saying that the Boy Scouts left them,' Trail Life USA's CEO said.
(Reuters) The move bucks a more-than-century-old practice of using the gender stated on a birth certificate to determine eligibility.
(RNS) Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson helped convince the Boy Scouts to admit gay youths and the oil giant contributes to Planned Parenthood.
(RNS) Unitarian Universalists dissolved a previous agreement with the BSA in the 1990s because the Scouting organization had banned openly gay members.
Three cheers for the LDS Church for being willing to compromise. Other than "guilt by association," there was no reason not to, since the BSA was already making accommodations to allow Mormon troops to select their own local leaders.
SALT LAKE CITY A Mormon exodus could devastate the Scouts, given that, as recently as 2013, more than a third (37 percent) of the troops were LDS-sponsored, accounting for 18 percent of the BSA’s 2.4 million total membership.
SALT LAKE CITY – While the BSA insists that religiously affiliated troops, including those sponsored by the LDS Church, can continue to ban gay leaders, many observers doubt such an exemption can be legally defended.
The vote by the Boy Scouts of America's board to lift the organization's ban on gay scout leaders is just the latest chapter in a long history of controversy over who merits the right to wear the scout uniform.
(RNS) A sampling of religious response to the Boys Scouts of America’s drop of its ban on gay adult leaders.
(RNS) The policy change represents the end of a long and bitter struggle over whether to accept gay members that began more than two years ago when it allowed gay youths to participate, but not adults.
(RNS) Some faith leaders said continued support for the BSA would hinge on whether religiously affiliated troops would be allowed to choose their own leaders.
(RNS) Catholics and Mormons seem to be taking a wait-and-see attitude, Methodists plan to mull the next steps with BSA officials, and some LGBT-affirming church groups are welcoming the possible change.
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