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Published: Thursday, May 23 2013 4:25 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Ah, so much for all the comments on here the last few months that insisted the LDS Church would quit the BSA if the policy change was made.

Glad to know the leadership is more progressive than the membership. Good thing the tail doesn't wag the dog.

Commence apologia.

county mom
Monroe, UT

This will not change what we do.
They never go on scout camps without their father.
They never share a tent.


Funny, when this subject was first mentioned a few months ago, there were many commenters saying the Church would drop the BSA if they ever allowed this, and they would never donate to FOS again. I warned them at the time, that the church is softening its approach to "gay" issues and that the Church would not drop the BSA. Where are those posters now?

Tucson, AZ

@Mukkake I don't know about the past comments here because I haven't read them, but I disagree with your use of the term "progressive leadership." I think "inspired leadership" is more appropriate. As the official statement states, there is nothing new here and nothing that has change or will change the church's implementation of church policy.

Salt Lake City, UT

This enlightened statement must disappoint the critics of the LDS church.

Laie, HI

Agree with bw00ds - there is nothing new here.


I hope that you don't really think you can accurately assess the "progressiveness" of the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints based on a handful of comments on the Deseret News website. If you do, perhaps you need a good dose of "progressiveness" yourself.
From the Church's standpoint, this was always a side-show because the Church is opposed to any, and all, sexual activity outside of marriage. Whether or not that is "progressive" is a matter of opinion, I suppose. The fact that homosexual behavior is one of many ways to violate the Law of Chastity remains unchanged in all of this.

Luke Nelson
West Valley City, UT

@Obama10 The church hasn't been "softening" in its approach to same-sex issues. Things are the same as they were. The media at large has exaggerated things.

Incite Full
Layton, UT

I have nothing to apologize for... cuz my position has been the same as the church's from the beginning... and I honestly don't think that this position is too difficult to reach for those paying attention as a member in the church.


Guess where my $$$ won't be going? That should save me a few bucks each year when they come for the Sustaining Membership drive.

Eugene, OR

Let the right-wingers throw their tantrums. The rest of society is moving forward.

Sorry Charlie!

@ IMAPatriot2: As you follow the lead of your church, it is your right to choose not to continue to contribute to Scouting. Faithful members of the LDS Church will not be affected by this policy since the LDS Leadership has expressed its continuing support of the Boy Scouts and their acceptance of this policy.

Kaysville, UT

Thank you LDS Church for your inclusive stance on all Boy Scouts. You have shown us what the Savior meant when He said "suffer the children to come unto me." He did not place any restrictions on which children. All young men need the skills and leadership the Boy Scouts provide. Those that struggle with homosexuality need good role models in a moral environment to help them escape vulnerability and predators. Thank you LDS leaders for demonstrating Choosing the Right.

Logan, UT

I applaud BSA's decision. I still don't understand what scouting has to do with religion. I wish we could keep them separate.

Florissant, MO

There are many gays in the church who are temple worthy, the church is taking the same kind of stand, live the standards and you are welcome to be part of the group.

Tooele, UT

Re: ". . . there were many commenters saying the Church would drop the BSA if they ever allowed this . . . ."

The new rule requires no immediate change to current Church policy or practice. That doesn't mean the Church won't eventually be forced to drop Scouting. Or make changes to current practices to protect LDS scouts.

The new rule will require LDS troops to accelerate the current trend, participating less and less in national and regional functions, in favor of more single-troop activities, in non-BSA facilities, and Young Men activities.

The activists are far from finished, in pushing their agenda.

The not-too-distant future will see more pressure to require "nondiscrimination" policies, regarding both boys and leaders. National Council will someday knuckle under, adopting polices we can't accept.

But, no worries. As Boy Scouting follows Girl Scouts into irrelevance, there'll be a Church program ready to replace it.

LGBT activists will ensure it's just a matter of time. The more, the better, of course.

It'll give us opportunity for a more orderly transition to the new program.

Aurora, CO

It's that Duty to God thing, the oath that a Scout takes and tries to make God a part of his life. Religion, whatever a Scouts religion, is a big part of the values of Scouting. They are inseparable. Duty to God, Duty to Country, Duty to self.

Provo, UT

Now that the door has been opened.... How long until the first law suit for leaders? The BSA showed no spine... I think we are seeing the end of Boy Scouts....what parent wants to subject their boys to this and how will a leader ever feel comfortable "volunteering" to put himself in that situation? Boy Scout leaders are being asked to put themselves in a bad situation. If they think the gay community will be happy with this change, they must be dreaming. It will only embolden them more and before we know it BSA will no longer exist. It will go down in flames like the rest of society.

Cedar Hills, UT

So no sexual relations for the kids, doesn't matter if it's with a boy or girl. This vote didn't change moral standings that the scouts have always had.

Kaysville, UT

The scriptures say little children are holy and sanctified through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Elder Bednar teaches that the atonement has enabling powers. Perhaps there is healing power through the atonement for gender confusion as well. Thank goodness for a loving Father in Heaven who wants what is best for each of His children, regardless of current circumstances.

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