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Boy Scout sponsor excited about possible opportunity for gay scouts

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The Christ United Methodist Church in Millcreek tells ABC 4 they will accept gay scouts if the Boy Scouts of America gives them a chance to choose who can join.

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The Christ United Methodist Church in Millcreek tells ABC 4 they will accept gay scouts if the Boy Scouts of America gives them a chance to choose who can join.

Scout camps, merit badges and Jamborees, all might soon be available to people who are gay.

"The national board is considering changing the membership standards," said Kay Godfrey, Spokesperson, Great Salt Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America.

A representative from the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America tells ABC4 the national board is considering allowing local scouting sponsors to now decide who gets to be a scout. In Utah, that means the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and a handful of community groups and other churches.

"Come next Wednesday there might be a real different change, a real unique change to scouting," said Godfrey.

"We think it's wonderful," said Pastor Jean Schwien, Christ United Methodist Church.

Pastor Jean Schwien of the Christ United Methodist Church in Millcreek said that change couldn't come soon enough. Schwien told ABC 4 Reporter Brian Carlson her congregation already sponsors a Boy Scout troop. If the national board lets them decide who can join she said they would welcome gay scouts with open arms.

"We're specifically open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people. So this would keep the troop in harmony with our congregation, with the gay members of our congregation, that they could feel welcome in the Boy Scouts," said Schwien.

ABC 4 is told the National Boy Scouts of America Executive Board will vote on the membership change resolution on Wednesday, February 6th.

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