Mormon church welcomes delay in decision on gays

Mormon Church
Posted at 5:32 PM, Feb 06, 2013

IRVING, Texas (AP) — A spokesman for the Mormon church says the Boy Scouts "acted wisely" today in putting off any decision about whether to admit gays as scouts or adult leaders.

The Mormons are among the religious groups that have urged the Scouts not to end their current ban on gays.

Scout officials today decided that any decision on changing the policy on gays will be up to the 1,400 voting members of the group's national council at a meeting in Texas in May.

A proposed change would have allowed individual troops to decide whether to admit gays. But gay-rights supporters say no Scout units should be allowed to exclude gays, while some religious leaders whose churches sponsor troops are warning against easing the ban.