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Mormon Church's shift on gay rights follows series of defeats in California
Mormon Church's shift on gay rights follows series of defeats in California

The pledge Tuesday by the Mormon Church to oppose housing and job discrimination against gays follows years of piercing church losses in California over gay rights, including one last week. The church opposed a new rule to bar California judges from becoming leaders in the Boy Scouts of America because the organization prohibits gays from being Scout leaders. In letter after letter to the California Supreme Court, Mormons complained the policy would interfere with Mormon judges' freedom of religion. The church sponsors Boy Scout troops and members are assigned leadership positions as part of their religious duties. "The scouting program is an integral part of the...

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