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Boy Scouts of America

Mormons keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite gay leaders

The Mormon church announced Wednesday it will maintain its longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the organization's decision to allow gay troop leaders — preventing what would have been a thundering blow to the national association. The decision from senior leaders of the Mormon church — the nation's largest sponsor of Boy Scout units — came as somewhat of a surprise. The church said it was deeply troubled and considering other options when the Boy Scouts announced on July 28 that it would lift its ban on gay adult leaders, while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to continue excluding gay adults. Church leaders decided to stay with the Boy...