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Mormon Church says it’s pleased with Scouts’ continued ban on gay leaders

Thursday, April 25, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church has given its blessing to the Boy Scouts of America on its latest 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 is satisfied with the proposal, which the Boy Scouts announced last week and will submit to its National Council at a meeting in Texas the week of May 20.

Jennifer Tyrrell, a volunteer den mother to her son’s Cub Scout chapter was ousted last year because she is gay.

The Salt Lake City-based 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.’”

It added 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 reaction from the LDS church comes six days after the Boy Scouts of America made its major announcement. 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.

The Boy Scouts of America issued a statement Thursday saying the organization is deeply appreciative of its long-standing relationship with the Mormon church and pleased to hear it is satisfied with the proposal. Scouting is successful because of strong relationships with chartered organizations like the Mormon church, the Boy Scouts’ statement said.

The latest proposal from the Boy Scouts of America is a compromise on the divisive issue; the organization earlier floated the idea of completely lifting the ban on gays.

Gay rights groups, which had demanded that the ban be removed, have criticized the latest proposal as inadequate.

In making its announcement last week, Boy Scouts of America estimated that easing the ban on gay adults could cause widespread defections that cost the organization 100,000 to 350,000 members.

Utah likely was included in that estimate.

The Boy Scouts’ Great Salt Lake Council is one of biggest in country, with 5,500 troops and 73,400 youth. Almost all of those troops are sponsored by the Mormon church.

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  1. Of course they would be…

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:35pm
  2. I’m shocked to see mormons being so bigoted…oh wait…

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:35pm
  3. Sad..

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:35pm
  4. of course they are pleased. the mormons are as disgusting and hateful as the majority of catholics are.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:35pm
  5. A bit like saying everyone is of equal worth, but once you become an adult, not so much….hmmmm.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:36pm
  6. Why?.. are they so sick lol.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:36pm
  7. What business is it of theirs anyway.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:36pm
  8. you think they would be more tolerant since the reason they are in Utah is because they were ostracized because of their beliefs. typical religious hypocrits

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:36pm
  9. Isn’t the LDS a damn cult?

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:36pm
  10. What is wrong with you people? They aren’t pedophiles. Educate yourselves.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:37pm
  11. yes, and if you are dyslexic, it was something made popular by timothy leary

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:38pm
  12. thats because mormonism is a cult

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:38pm
  13. they are also against masturbation, maybe that is one reason they are so uptight and jealous of us.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:39pm
  14. To hell with the God Damn Moron Mormons and their nutty religion.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:39pm
  15. Is anyone really surprised!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:39pm
  16. If you dont go to town once in a while, you become an asshole

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:40pm
  17. Hardly a news flash. However, didn’t the Mormom Church make such a big deal of being oh so liberal and ready to accept the American gay community when their man was running for President? They sure did…and people actually believed that.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:41pm
  18. People are idiots. I’m not surprised that that the Boy Scouts are continuing with their illegitimate rules and their stances on homosexuality. Oh well. Let them wallow in their own ignorance. They’ll soon drown in it. :3

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:41pm
  19. Ever realize how mormon is only one letter off from moron?

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:42pm
  20. Where would bigoted groups be without bigoted support?

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:43pm
  21. yea because a mormons church is really a valuable opinion.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:43pm
  22. Don’t call them names. Just call them out. Ignorance just means they have more to learn.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:44pm
  23. The moron church is still stupid.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:45pm
  24. I just wish people could see being gay isn’t a crime or disease or we turn people gay.Efff!! It blows me away that it’s 2013 and we go 1 step forward but 10 back.Here in Canada our Prime Minster(who should learn from Obama and fight for people) gave a $6 million subsidy to a university that openly does not believe in gay rights.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:45pm
  25. I’m sorry you all seem to have such a low opinion of LDS members. The ones I’ve met personally have been kind, open-minded people who don’t necessarily agree with all of their church’s official policies and work to encourage change and growth from within. Every group has its extremists, and to lump all Mormons into one stereotype is just as wrong as claiming all Baptists agree with the WBC.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:46pm
  26. exactly it is a cult

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:46pm
  27. Maybe there should be a ban on mormons in public.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:48pm
  28. Mormon doctrine and the more conservative among them. It’s good to remember that most of them have good intentions and are simply mistaken.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:48pm
  29. I have a very poor image of the mormons because ive dated a few of them and i heard horror stories. and I am a former catholic and former born again christian so when i speak on that its from experience.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:50pm
  30. i only speak because I know many former mormons and dated a couple and the stories ive heard . ugh . i know that in every doctrine and religion even in mine there are really hateful evil ones. and those are the ones that I speak abut.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:51pm
  31. Yea all the groups have their extremists. Atheists for example they… uhm.. Nope sorry, nothing I can come up with.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:51pm
  32. As a former Mormon, I can say that not all Mormons are bigoted and homophobic. The worst Mormons are in Utah, Idaho, and Colorado. When me and my family were Mormons, we were never homophobic. And yes, I was born into the religion. Thankfully we saw the light, lol. But it’s not the only fucked up religion.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:52pm
  33. It’s a shame that the Boyscouts chose hatred, especially when so many voted in an asked for equality. My husband was a Boyscout, and he is ashamed of how they are. When we have children, we will be finding them a more tolerance-encouraging social activity, (like the Girlscouts!)

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:53pm
  34. I can… extreme atheists aren’t happy with simply believing or not believing as they choose. They feel it necessary to cruelly mock the intelligence and faith of those who believe otherwise. Again, however, not all atheists behave this way and I don’t blame all atheists for the attitudes of a few.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:55pm
  35. Yeah, I was just about to say that the few Mormon people that I have known would just be sick at the news of this, (and probably are!) It’s a real shame that sad, hateful, ignorant people storm in, take over, and try to ruin a way of life that can be so beautiful when practiced with compassion, the way that Jesus would have wanted, (and this is coming from someone non-religious; I just totally support all people who are kind and equal to others, regardless of beliefs!)

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:55pm
  36. .,majority of mormons wants to accept the gay community and they also want their church to perform same-sex marriage and to ordain clergy regardless of their gender… maybe the high-up’s are still narrow-minded but in a church who believe “in a continued revelation from their god”, you never know… i mean the blacks were once banned from being a mormon so accepting the gay community is not impossible and considering that the second largest group in the mormon faith “the community of christ church” already allows same-sex marriage ceremony and ordain clergies regardless of their gender…

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:58pm
  37. Hey Alex, I was raised by atheists, and I was physically, emotionally, and sexually abused, all backed up with the idea that there was no god to save me. So…here’s a fork and knife, so that you can eat those words. Bon appetite! :)

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:02pm
  38. You hit the nail right on brother!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:03pm
  39. Gross

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:07pm
  40. I say drop the ban on everyone and if those churches don’t want to go with it then take a hike

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:18pm
  41. Shocking!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:20pm
  42. SHOCKING! They should change their name from mormons to MORONS!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:21pm
  43. I’m a ex-Mormon

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:22pm
  44. Mormon or moron.. i don’t see a difference …..

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:29pm
  45. Of course it is. Many churches are happy with anything that impedes social progress. (Notice I didn’t say all, so don’t start squawking.)

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:31pm
  46. There are horror stories in all religions…do a little research

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:35pm
  47. and usually not found in state approved reading might i add

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:36pm
  48. Another wack-ass cult heard from!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:39pm
  49. how about they ban scout leaders who have multiple wives/husbands like Mormons do? Let’s see how they feel then!!!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:42pm
  50. makes me wish i still had my scouts stuff…i’d send it back

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:43pm
  51. Haters

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:45pm
  52. Ah Mormon! For a second I thought it is said Moron.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:47pm
  53. I can’t understand why the Mormon church is so set against gay rights. Look at all the money they spent in California in the Prop 8 fight–MILLIONS. That money could have been spent on Mormon mission trips, new churches,…feeding starving kids in Africa…instead, it was used to try to keep 2 people who love each other from being together. What a waste of money. :(

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:00pm
  54. I understand it’s out of their religious belief system they don’t accept or allow it

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:18pm
  55. Drop dead, stupid mormons.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:26pm
  56. no surprises there. sad but no surprise.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:33pm
  57. fuck the Mormon church

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:34pm
  58. What a filhty religion! Magic underwear??? REALLY?????

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:41pm
  59. I’m sure they are. The idiots make people like David Arch stay in the closet. Hope they love it when what they think about people like him gets deflated like The Hindenburg (flamer). They set themselves up for the down fall. They deserve it for believing in what’s not real.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:48pm
  60. I don’t get the Boy Scouts. They will allow gay kids to learn how to be leaders as Boy Scouts but won’t allow them to be Boy Scout Leaders. HELLO

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:39pm
  61. Hey, it’s the Mormon “church” … what can you expect?

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:53pm
  62. While I disagree, I think a step forward in the right direction is better than stepping back. Especially since Mormons are very strict but still supported allowing gay youth. More importantly, is what’s happening with our two Supreme Court cases, Prop 8 and The Defense of Marriage Act. We got bigger fish the fry!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 9:20pm
  63. One word – dumb!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 11:24pm
  64. Why would we expect anything different?

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:19am
  65. The Mormon rulers are pigs beyond pigs….They fought for their own inclusion and now fight to keep others in the ditch….They are on their way down though. I am so happy I will be able to see the downfall of this Mormon Crap in my lifetime. When will people WAKE THE FUCK UP? It’s so easy to disprove this rubbish….read a book not stolen from the bible or from other books written at the time Smith was alive….This guy was a demonstrable charlatan and I am amazed how people can still believe in this garbage. Shameful pigs on the wrong side of history and one day they will be seen as the judgmental bastards they are.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:25am
  66. Fuck the Mormon Church and what it thinks

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:04pm
  67. Not. Good. Enough.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:05pm
  68. This should be enough to get the Scouts’ to overturn the ban. lol

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:05pm
  69. mormons can toss my salad. french please.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:06pm
  70. Hasa Diga Eebowai
    (Shakes fist at Mormon Church)

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:06pm
  71. Well I am pleased their candidate for the US president lost

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:06pm
  72. Cuz having sister wives is way better….

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:06pm
  73. I gues they’re Dumb-dumb-dumb-dumb-dumb

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:07pm
  74. So are we! ;-)

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:07pm
  75. The mormon church can eat shit and die.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:08pm
  76. I am sure their 17 wives agree

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:08pm
  77. Moron Mormon…it is a cult anyway

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:08pm
  78. because they like the message it sends that adults are child molesters…..really?

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:09pm
  79. again i ask why are we wanting the boy scouts a hateful bigoted homophobic organization to overturn anything? we should not be wanting to put our kids in the boyscouts lets create our own. or find an actual good and accepting scout group. even if they allowed gay scouts and leaders i would never ever put my child in there or become a troop leader whatever its called… hate is hate and if they overturn it doesnt mean they like us it just means they need the dues and the numbers.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:12pm
  80. The Mormon church should have no Say so about anything like this period

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:14pm
  81. It seems that the “church denomination” which has the most Boy Scout Troops is the Mormon one.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:15pm
  82. Who else wants to picket the BSA or the Mormon Church?

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:16pm
  83. Please know that this does not reflect the views of all Mormons! I was born and raised Mormon and after coming out, the bishop’s son soon learned to accept LGBT views.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:19pm
  84. Well surprise, surprise, surprise..

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:19pm
  85. mormons is dumb

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:21pm
  86. The Catholic Church is pleased as well, they prefer to continue to molest children. All the while blaming it on homosexuals.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:21pm
  87. mormons are useless and have no clue

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:25pm
  88. I hope they simply hold on to what is good in being spiritual, and learn to think for themselves. Organized religion is a few powerful ‘souls’ that tether people in their clutches. A relationship with God is personal and fulfilling.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:32pm
  89. Mormons needs to learn that they are not a ruling body when it comes to politics.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:32pm
  90. Because They Engage in Politics They Should Lose Their Tax Exempt Status.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 1:04pm
  91. Wow the Mormon Church is delaying so much ignorance. Just pathetic

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 1:07pm
  92. F*ck Utah. F*ck the Mormon church. Obsolete dinosaurs.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 1:28pm
  93. Another wack-assed cult heard from.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 1:37pm
  94. Mormons still pouting because they where banned from poligomist marriages?

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 2:03pm
  95. I bet if the need a gay person to save there life , then that would be ok . SUCH ASSES I TELL YEA.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 2:31pm
  96. A bunch of idiots

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 3:03pm