RELIGION

Mormon church to keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite decision to allow gay leaders

  • FILE - In this June 8, 2014, file photo, a Boy Scout wears his kerchief embroidered with a rainbow knot during Salt Lake City’s annual gay pride parade. The Mormon church, the nation's largest sponsor of Boy Scout units, is keeping its longtime affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders. Church leaders decided to stay with the Boy Scouts after getting assurances they can appoint troop leaders according to their own religious and moral values, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

    FILE - In this June 8, 2014, file photo, a Boy Scout wears his kerchief embroidered with a rainbow knot during Salt Lake City’s annual gay pride parade. The Mormon church, the nation's largest sponsor of Boy Scout units, is keeping its longtime affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders. Church leaders decided to stay with the Boy Scouts after getting assurances they can appoint troop leaders according to their own religious and moral values, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 8, 2014, file photo, a group of Boy Scouts march during the Salt Lake City’s annual gay pride parade, in Salt Lake City. The Mormon church, the nation's largest sponsor of Boy Scout units, is keeping its longtime affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders. Church leaders decided to stay with the Boy Scouts after getting assurances they can appoint troop leaders according to their own religious and moral values, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

    FILE - In this June 8, 2014, file photo, a group of Boy Scouts march during the Salt Lake City’s annual gay pride parade, in Salt Lake City. The Mormon church, the nation's largest sponsor of Boy Scout units, is keeping its longtime affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders. Church leaders decided to stay with the Boy Scouts after getting assurances they can appoint troop leaders according to their own religious and moral values, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Mormon church — the nation's largest sponsor of Boy Scout units — is keeping its longtime affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the decision Wednesday in a news release. Church leaders decided to stay with Boy Scouts after getting assurances they can appoint troop leaders according to their own religious and moral values.

Boy Scouts of America announced on July 28 it would lift its ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to continue excluding gay adults.

The Mormon religion, with 15 million members, has softened its tone on gays in recent years but still opposes gay marriage and believes homosexual activity is a sin.