The executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue.
In a statement Monday, the BSA said the resolution was approved by the executive committee on Friday, and would become official policy if ratified by the organization’s larger National Executive Board at a meeting on July 27.
The Mormon Church, who is the largest chartered sponsor of scout units nationwide, issued a statement following the BSA’s announcement Monday.
It said, “As a chartering organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always had the right to select Scout leaders who adhere to moral and religious principles that are consistent with our doctrines and beliefs.”
The statement concluded, “Any resolution adopted by the Boy Scouts of America regarding leadership in Scouting must continue to affirm that right.”
The committee action Monday follows an emphatic speech in May by the BSA’s president, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, declaring that the longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults was no longer sustainable.
In 2013, after bitter internal debate, the BSA decided to allow openly gay youth as scouts, but not gay adults as leaders.
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