NAACP Suit Against LDS Church 7 Nov 1974
NAA^P Suit Against IDS Scout Troops Dropped NEW BRUNSWICK, N J (UPI) - The NA ACP of Utah has dropped its discrimination suit against Mormon Church Boy Scout troups which allegedly banned blacks from top scout leadership positions. A spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), headquartered headquartered here. Wednesday said the suit was dropped after an agreement was reached before U.S. District Court Judge Willis F. Hitter in Salt Lake City. One provision of the agreement was that the Mormon troups would cease any discriminatory policies. policies. The LDS Church had announced in August that it had revised its policy that restricted restricted troop leadership positions to members of its Arronic Priesthood. Priesthood. Blacks may become members members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but they are banned from the priesthood. The BSA spokesman said some 250,000 boys belong to Mormon Boy Scout troups across the nation. nation. The church has adopted the Boy Scouts as its official youth program, he said. * The NAACP brought the civil rights action on behalf of two 12- year-old black scouts who were denied the chance to become "senior patrol leaders." The suit charged the church's policy resulted in systematic racial discrimination against black scouts. The BSA spokesman said one of the provisions of the agreement agreement signed by Hitter Wednesday Wednesday was that the national scouting scouting organization would continue its affirmative action program, which he said had been instituted instituted before the NAACP suit was filed. The Mormon Church had been informed of the long - standing non-discrimination policy in the Boy Scouts after the NAACP suit was filed, he said.