For years, the biggest faith groups in the Boy Scouts – Mormons, Catholics and Methodists – supported the organization’s ban on openly gay members. When the ban went to court, some Scout leaders testified that being gay was understood to have immoral connotations. Yet a week after the Boy Scouts voted to end the ban on openly gay boys, two of those religious denominations (the Catholic and Mormon churches) issued statements saying, in a nutshell, not only did they have no major problem with the lifting of this ban, but actually, it is more in keeping with their beliefs to support it. The Methodists’ reaction was a bit tamer, saying that they weren’t consulted sufficiently but were still staying in scouting. What gives?
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