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Utah Scouts pleased with delay on admitting gays

2013-02-06T10:37:00Z 2013-02-19T12:10:48Z Utah Scouts pleased with delay on admitting gaysThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 06, 2013 10:37 am  • 

SALT LAKE CITY — Mormon church officials and Boy Scout leaders in Utah are applauding the Boy Scouts of America for putting off a decision on lifting its ban on gay members and leaders.

Michael Purdy, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, says the organization "acted wisely in delaying its decision until all voices can be heard on this important moral issue."

Kay Godfrey, a spokesman for Boy Scouts in the Great Salt Lake Council, says the extra time will give local Boy Scout leaders in Utah and around the country time to determine how their members feel about the proposal and pass on those opinions to the national executive board.

The policy under consideration would let troop sponsors make their own decisions about gay troop leaders and youth members.

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