The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) has endorsed the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) proposal to end its ban on gay scouts but not leaders.

The BSA will submit its proposal to its National Council at a meeting to be held in Texas next month.

In announcing its proposal last week, the Boy Scouts said that results from surveys on the issue found that parents under the age of 50 and a majority of teenagers oppose the current policy of excluding gays.

“The current BSA proposal constructively addresses a number of important issues that have been part of the ongoing dialogue, including consistent standards for all BSA partners, recognition that Scouting exists to serve and benefit youth rather than Scout leaders, a single standard of moral purity for youth in the program, and a renewed emphasis for Scouts to honor their duty to God,” the Salt Lake City-based church said in a statement.

The Mormon church sponsors more Scouting troops than other other religious group and the Boy Scouts' Great Lake Council is one of the largest in the country.