Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | 30 May 2013

Associated Press and the Christian Post: Church Supports BSA Decision, Teaches Members to Adhere to Moral Standards

Several reports about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ response to the Boy Scouts of America’s vote last week on its membership policy correctly reflect the Church’s views. Two of note come from Associated Press reporter Brady McCombs and Christian Post journalist Michael Gryboski.

Both writers correctly say that the Church’s support of the BSA decision does not in any way mean the Church is loosening moral standards for its members. Gryboski notes that the Church still expects members to “adhere to certain moral standards,” and McCombs adds that the Church “still teaches its members that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

As additional evidence that the Church seeks to increase understanding toward those who struggle with same-sex attraction, McCombs notes the Church’s December 2012 launch of a website “encouraging members to be more compassionate toward gay and lesbian” Church members.

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