The Mormon church supports a new proposal by the Boy Scouts to end a ban on gay youth members. The ban on gay adult leaders would stay in place.
The Mormon church said it is satisfied that the Boy Scouts of America has made a "thoughtful, 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.'"
In a statement on their website, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said they believe the proposal recognizes 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 Mormon church has more scouting troops than any other religious denomination in the country with 5,500 troops and 73,400 youth -- Almost 100% sponsorship by the church.
The Boy Scouts of America issued a statement, Thursday, that expressed its deep appreciation of its long-standing relationship with the Mormon church. The statement said they were pleased to hear the LDS church is satisfied with the proposal.
The LDS church continues to teach that marriage is between a man and a woman and that homosexuality is sinful, but on their newly lancuhed website the church encourages members to be compassionate in discussions about homosexuality. The website instructs Mormons to be loving and respectful toward homosexuals, while appealing to gay and lesbian Mormons to stay in the church.