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Mormons down with the rainbow?  Church ok with Boy Scout compromise regarding gays in non-committal statement

Mormons down with the rainbow? Church ok with Boy Scout compromise regarding gays in non-committal statement

The Mormons sponsor more Boy Scout troops than any other faith based organization in the United States. And they say that they are "ok" with the compromise the BSA has come up with that include members who are openly gay while excluding gay leaders.  In a statement issued regarding the controversy, the Mormon church says that they feel the BSA has come up with a good faith effort "to address issues that, as they have said, remain 'among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today.'"  The statement goes on to say:

"The current BSA proposal constructively addresses a number of important issues that have been part of the on-going dialogue including 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.

"We are grateful to BSA for their careful consideration of these issues. We appreciate the positive things contained in this current proposal that will help build and strengthen the moral character and leadership skills of youth as we work together in the future.”

The Boy Scouts of America is to decide the issue formally next month.  The Religion News Service adds that openly gay filmmaker Kevin Wilcox believes that the compromise is a step in the right direction, but thinks local charters ought to be able to decide what's best in including both gay youth and leaders:

Wilcox is a co-founder of Mormons Building Bridges, a group of Latter-day Saints dedicated to improving relations with the gay community. The group has been hosting “Community Conversations” at libraries recently about the Scouts’ latest proposal.

“I much prefer the previous proposal that would have left it up to local charter organizations to decide whether or not to include LGBT youth and leaders,” Wilcox said.

Other churches have not yet released their positions on the compromise.

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