The church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints posted a statement on its website Thursday saying it is satisfied with the proposal, which the boy scouts announced last week.
The church says the scouts made a thoughtful, good-faith effort to address one of the most complex and challenging issues facing society. It also says the proposal recognizes scouting exists to benefit youth rather than adult leaders. We asked some local residents what they thought of this possible shakeup in the Boy Scout program.
"I think that it will be good for the perception of the boy scouts that they're open minded and accepting and trying to make opportunities available for all kids," noted Pocatello resident Lori Potter outside of a Sinclair Gas Station.
At the same gas station, Matt Germino expanded on the subject, "My philosophy is that we should be open minded and tolerant of different beliefs and ways of living. Of course parents can make some of those decisions themselves. I feel that instutionally we should be open.
On the ISU campus, Matt Sturzen felt that the move would go contrary to the bible. “Personally I'm just against it. I believe in the bible and the bible is against anything homosexual and that's just where I put my faith in.”
Finally on the Idaho State campus, Jamie Parvin sees the move as incomplete. She said that, “I think that it’s weird because why would you accept gay scouts and not gay leaders? It's kind of hypocritical in a way. They're letting the scouts join and not the leaders. It's not teaching very good acceptance in my opinion.
We will continue to follow this story as it develops. Certainly there will be more reaction if this move becomes permanent, instead of just likely.