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Mormon Church supports Boy Scouts allowing out members but continuing gay ban on adult leaders

Mormon Church supports Boy Scouts allowing out members but continuing gay ban on adult leaders

The Mormon Church has come out in support of the Boy Scouts of America lifting its longtime ban on gay members.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also endorses the part of the proposal that continues to ban gays and lesbians once they become adults and want to transition to leadership roles in the organization.

The church sponsors more Boy Scout troops than any other religious organization.

It states that the recommendation to be put to the 1,400 members at the National Council meeting in Texas starting in the week of 20 May ‘constructively addresses a number of important issues that have been part of the ongoing dialogue.’

The church said those issues include : ‘Consistent standards for all BSA partners, recognition that Scouting exists to serve and benefit youth rather than Scout leaders, a single standard of moral purity for youth in the program, and a renewed emphasis for Scouts to honor their duty to God.’

The proposal comes after years of protest and three months of research, surveys and discussions.

The organization sent out about 1 million surveys earlier this year and heard back from 200,000 respondents – including many churches and religious organizations.

The results showed that 61 percent favored keeping the current policy of excluding gays while 34 percent did not. But a majority of younger parents and teens were opposed to the policy.