Boy Scouts May Accept Gay Leaders, LDS Church Responds

July 14, 2015
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scoutsSALT LAKE CITY — The nation’s largest faith-based sponsor of Scouting and local Utah councils expect to keep the ability to choose their own leaders as the Boy Scouts of America appears ready to end its ban on gay adult leaders. The BSA executive committee has unanimously approved a resolution that would allow gay adult leaders and let individual Scout units set their own leadership policy. In a statement Monday, the BSA said the resolution was approved by the committee on Friday, and would become official policy if ratified by its larger National Executive Board at a meeting on July 27. John Gailey, Utah National Parks Council spokesman, said BSA chartered members have been able to pick leaders based on their own criteria for more than 100 years. The LDS Church issued this statement: “As a chartering organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always had the right to select Scout leaders who adhere to moral and religious principles that are consistent with our doctrines and beliefs,” according to a statement Monday. “Any resolution adopted by the Boy Scouts of America regarding leadership in Scouting must continue to affirm that right.”

 

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