SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is seriously considering breaking off from the Boy Scouts of America after the group’s vote to allow “openly gay leaders” into its ranks. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, spokesman Eric Hawkins says the LDS may create “its own international program for boys.”
Were the church to follow through, it could financially impact the BSA quite dramatically, as the LDS serves 437,160 boys in 37,933 troops and is the organization’s largest Scouting sponsor.
As a “global organization with members in 170 countries, the church has long been evaluating the limitations that fully one-half of its youth face where Scouting is not available,” Hawkins’ statement said. “Those worldwide needs combined with this vote by the BSA National Executive Board will be carefully reviewed by the leaders of the church in the weeks ahead.”