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>> The Mormon Church says it's cutting its ties with the Boy Scouts, a relationship that dates back a century, citing a divergence in social views. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, based in Utah, said Tuesday it will end its charter partner status with the Scouts and won't sponsor scouting troops after 2019.
It comes a week after the Boy Scouts of America said it will drop the word boy from the name of it's main program as it tries to appeal more to girls. The socially conservative church didn't say whether the Scouts' new branding was a factor. Instead the church says its focusing on its own global youth program.
A majority of Mormons live outside the United States and, on Tuesday, the Church said it needs to appeal to an increasingly global congregation. There's about 330,000 young Mormons in Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs in the US. Last year the Church had said it was pulling out of two Boy Scout programs for older teens.
That came a few months after the Scouts began accepting transgender boys into the program. At the time, the Mormon Church said the new rules didn't affect its choice to leave.