Boy Scouts of America proposes to lift ban on gay youth

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is considering a proposal that would lift the ban on gay youth joining the organization, but will continue to exclude gay adult leaders.

According to www.lds.org, the official website for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Church has enjoyed their relationship with the BSA and supports this recent decision.

“While the Church has not launched any campaign either to effect or prevent a policy change, we have followed the discussion and are satisfied that BSA 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,’” according to the Church’s statement.

The Church acknowledged that same-sex attraction is a sensitive issue that requires kindness, compassion and understanding.

“Sexual activity should only occur between a man and a woman who are married. However, that should never be used as justification for unkindness. … While maintaining that feelings and inclinations toward the same sex are not inherently sinful, engaging in homosexual behavior is in conflict with the “doctrinal principle, based on sacred scripture,” according to www.lds.org.

According to the Church’s statement, the Church is satisfied that the new proposal recognizes that Scouting exists to benefit youth rather than adult leaders.

BSA has proposed that the organization will not deny entrance to anyone who qualifies.

“Youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all youth who meet the specific membership requirements to join the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Sea Scout, and Venturing programs … No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,” according to the BSA membership standard.

Boy Scouts of America plans to submit the proposal to its National Council at a meeting in Texas the week of May 20, according to www.localnews8.com.

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