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The nation's largest Scouting sponsor the LDS Church isn't endorsing the group's plan to allow transgender children to join its boys-only programs.
But the Utah-based faith isn't rejecting the idea either.
"The church is studying the announcement made yesterday by Boy Scouts of America," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Tuesday in a news release.
"Boy Scouts has assured its religious chartering organizations that, as in the past, they will be able to organize their troops in a way fully consistent with their religious beliefs."
Mormon authorities adopted a similar wait-and-see approach in 2015, when the BSA dropped its ban on openly gay adults serving as Scout leaders. In the end, the LDS Church opted to stick with the organization (after winning assurances that it could continue to appoint Scout leaders who heed the faith's standards) while adding that it may yet create its own program for Mormon boys.
The faith's Tuesday statement noted the church "has made several changes to its programs for youth, and continues to look for ways to better serve its families and young people worldwide."
If the LDS Church ever bolted, it would devastate Scouting nationwide and decimate it in Utah. More than a third of troops across the U.S. are Mormon-sponsored. In the Beehive State, Latter-day Saints account for greater than 90 percent of the three Scout councils.
The BSA said Monday that it will begin basing enrollment in its boys-only programs on the gender a child or parent lists on the Scouting application.
"For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual's birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs," the group wrote on its website. "However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state."
The new policy applies to Cub and Boy Scout programs.