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Mormon Church Approves of Boy Scouts' New, Unimproved Gay Ban

The Mormon Church has given its seal of approval to the new Boy Scout proposal to allow gay scouts but continue to ban gay scout leaders, the L.A. Times reports:

MormonIn their statement Thursday, Mormon officials gave their OK to the compromise -- without ever mentioning sexual orientation.

"While the church has not launched any campaign either to effect or prevent a policy change, we have followed the discussion and are satisfied that BSA 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,' " the statement said.

The statement, noting the strong ties the church has kept with the Scouts for the past century, added, "We appreciate the positive things contained in this current proposal that will help build and strengthen the moral character and leadership skills of youth as we work together in the future."

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  1. GB is a Mormon posters on here.


    Creepy, evil, lying souls.

    Posted by: Leo | Apr 28, 2013 7:17:23 AM

  2. I'm going to buck the trend and say that theis compromise from the BSA is a good thing. Currently, they ban all gays, but even the BSA doens't stricktly enforce it's ban. If a troop has a gay scout and doesn't want to oust him, then the national isn't going to do it for them. (Unless it become very public).

    The new policy will allow all gay scouts to remain as scouts. Yes, I know, some troops will try to turn them into ex-gays, but that is going to happen even if there are gay scout leaders allowed. We can't have a perfect world.

    But the reality is that it will allow many many troops out there to be allow openly gay scouts and be supportive of gays for the first time. In the long run, this will only be good. Let's not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

    No matter what policy the BSA has, there will always be some troops that will remain anti-gay -- should we then go on a witch hunt to root out all anti-gay sentiment? I hardly think so.

    So let this be a first step. We know it's good because the religious right is angry about it and wants it stopped. They know, like we do, that the more people see openly gay and lesbian people, the less power they have to portray us as spawn of satan.

    it may take another ten years before the BSA allows gay scout leaders. But I'd rather they at least allow for gay scouts in the meantime.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 28, 2013 2:58:29 PM

  3. No, it's not good. We should never settle for blatant forms of discrimination against LGBT just to compromise. There is no compromise when it comes to prejudice and discrimination. You're either a firm believer in everyone being treated equal, or you're not. This is wrong on so many different levels based on how it treats these gay kids once they turn 18. And more importantly how it makes them view themselves.

    Posted by: Jose | Apr 28, 2013 8:10:50 PM

  4. Shame on anyone who thinks this is appropriate. You're slapping our elder gays in the face. The gays who fought for us to be where we are. You are essentially saying that it's reasonable for older gay folks to be shunned and it's not. We are a community in this together and when any of us is forced to sit on the side lines, we've failed our mission.

    Posted by: Kev-TX | Apr 28, 2013 8:12:28 PM

  5. I really don't even need to read any other comments. nailed it buddy! Thank you for that.

    Posted by: J.J | Apr 28, 2013 8:13:16 PM

  6. @ Randy
    A few things you stated made me raise an eyebrow regarding your motives, but the clear moment to question your intentions was that you view combating homophobia as a "witch hunt" against homophobes and you hardly think it's appropriate.
    Please step aside as the rest of us unapologetically seek to achieve full equal rights & respect for every member of our community. Sorry you see that as a witch hunt, but then again, your religious ilk has playing martyr down to an art.

    Posted by: Scott Johansen | Apr 28, 2013 8:16:19 PM

  7. Am I glad that I was in Scouting in the early 1940's when Scout Troops were sponsored by local Business Groups - NOT Churches or other Religious entities. It did not matter if a boy was Gay or not; or if the Scout Master was Gay or not. It only mattered that the ideals of the Scouting experience were followed. What people did in privet was not important. It was how we treated and respected others that truly mattered.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Apr 28, 2013 10:36:29 PM

  8. Come up with some hair-brained idea that completely fails to hold up under scrutiny of logic and you can bet Mormons will eat it up.

    @andrew: Mormonism and Scientology both have that in common with every other organization humanity has ever called a religion.

    Posted by: FFS | Apr 29, 2013 1:12:39 AM

  9. Just what i am looking forward to, my son camping with a fag a trying convince myself this is normal. Hope they don't try to procreate.

    Posted by: Mike | May 24, 2013 8:15:39 PM

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