Mormons to stay outdoors after split with Boy Scouts

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | The Mormon church’s new youth program, which will roll out in 2020 when it cuts all ties with Boy Scouts of America, will still include outdoor and adventure activities even as the initiative becomes more gospel-focused, the faith confirmed September 21.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided a few more details about the initiative in a news release that said a full and detailed description will come later because different aspects of the program are still being tested.

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New York attorney general warns Boy Scouts on discrimination

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s attorney general’s office wrote this week to the Boy Scouts of America nationally, advising that state and city laws prohibit hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The letter from Civil Rights Bureau Chief Kristen Clarke to Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock, dated April 20, notes the organization’s national policy adopted in 2013 prohibits denying youth membership based on orientation but bans openly gay adults.

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New York Boy Scouts hire gay counselor despite national policy

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NEW YORK (AP) – The Boy Scouts’ New York chapter said April 2 that it has hired the nation’s first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader, a direct and public challenge to the national scouting organization’s ban on openly gay adult members.

The Boy Scouts’ national spokesman, Deron Smith, said there was no change in that national policy, which has been highly divisive. As for any further response to the New York announcement, Smith said, “We are looking into this matter.”

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