Mormon church pleased with Boy Scouts proposal

Church has more troops than any other denomination

SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church has given its blessing to the Boy Scouts of America's proposal to lift the gay ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted a statement on its website Thursday saying it's satisfied with the proposal, which the Boy Scouts announced last week and will submit to the BSA National Council at a meeting in Texas the week of May 20.

The Salt Lake City-based church says the proposal recognizes: "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 so there was widespread interest in what it would say about the proposal.

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