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Despite gay leaders, Mormons stay affiliated with Boy Scouts

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The church "will appoint Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify church doctrine, values, and standards," Mormon leaders said in the statement.
Church leaders decided to stay with the Boy Scouts -- but only after getting assurances they can appoint troop leaders according to their own religious values. ...

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Mormons may create alternative scouting organization

Thursday, July 30, 2015
The BSA's decision to lift the ban on gay leaders may motivate the LDS Church to sever ties with the organization.
Were the church to follow through, it could financially impact the BSA quite dramatically, as the LDS is the organization's largest Scouting sponsor. ...

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End of Boy Scouts’ ban on gays prompts elation and alarm

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Eric Hetland, left, and Chris Zelis, fellow Scouts For Equality - Chicago chapter lead, hold up their applications for assistant scoutmasters before submitting them in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park.
The contrasting reactions followed the BSA national executive board's 45-12 vote on Monday to lift the nationwide ban while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to continue excluding gay adults. ...

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Mormon church donates to Utah LGBT community center

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Utah-based Mormon church has given its first-ever charitable donation to an LGBT community center in Salt Lake City. ...

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Top Mormon leaders vow to be leading advocates for marriage exclusive to a man and a woman

Sunday, April 5, 2015
President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, center, is flanked by President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, left, and Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency during opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Salt Lake City.
Mormon leaders vowed to be a leading advocate for the belief that marriage is an institution exclusive to a man and a woman during the religion's biannual conference in Salt Lake City this weekend. ...

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Mormon says he’ll likely be excommunicated for website, gay rights support

Monday, February 9, 2015
John Dehlin sits in his basement studio where he broadcasts his podcast at his home in North Logan, Utah.
A Mormon man who runs a website for church members questioning their faith said Monday that he expects to be excommunicated based the tenor of a disciplinary hearing Sunday night, but he may not find out for days. ...

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Mormon leaders call for ‘balanced approach’ in clash between gay rights, religious freedom

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays, but still wants to hire and fire workers based not only on religious beliefs, but also on honor codes that require gays to remain celibate. ...

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Mormon man faces excommunication over website, support for gay marriage

Thursday, January 15, 2015
John Dehlin
John Dehlin, who runs the website and podcast, said a regional church letter informed him that a disciplinary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 25, at which he's likely to be censured or excommunicated. ...

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Gay rights advocates assail TLC special ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Preston Dahlgren and Jeff Bennion are among the married men documented in a recent TLC show “My Husband's Not Gay" about men with same-sex attractions.
GLAAD says the show sends the wrong message and is a sad reminder of so-called gay conversion therapy, often faith-based efforts designed to change sexual orientation that can be emotionally scarring. ...

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Mormon Church walks back statement of support for non-discrimination laws

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Douglas C Pizac, APThe Mormon Temple spires in Salt Lake City, next to the Utah Capitol building.
Less than 24 hours after releasing a statement on their website, the Mormon Church is walking back its support for workplace and housing protections for LGBTQ Utahns. ...

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