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Mormon Church To Continue Boy Scouts After Lifting Gay Ban

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File photo of the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints. (credit: Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints. (credit: Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church says it will continue its long-time association with the Boy Scouts of America even after the organization voted to lifts its ban on openly-gay youth.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted a statement on its website Thursday saying sexual orientation has never been, and is not now, something that precludes young boys from being in Mormon scout troops.

As long as youth refrain from pre-marital sex, a strict church rule, they can participate in Boy Scouts.

The Salt Lake City-based church announced last month it was satisfied with this proposed rule change. On Thursday, officials said they appreciate the Boy Scouts of America reaffirming its commitment the same central principles the church teaches young men.

The Mormon church has more Scouting troops than any other religious denomination in the country.

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