The Mormon church announced Wednesday that it will remain in the Boy Scouts, a month after the church expressed major concern about the Scouts lifting a ban on openly gay adult leaders.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – also called the Mormons – make up 20 percent of all Boy Scouts, and the spiritual life of Mormon boys is deeply woven with scouting.

In late July, the Scouts approved a new policy allowing troops to pick openly gay volunteer leaders and banning discrimination in the hiring of Boy Scout employees, saying the expanding cultural and legal acceptance of LGBT people made the ban untenable.

The Mormon church – along with other traditional faith communities including the Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention – expressed concern about being pushed into accepting leaders whose orientation violates the traditional teachings of the faith. The Scouts said no one would be forced to take on particular leaders, but the faith groups, and many church-state lawyers, have expressed skepticism about what courts will accept as LGBT equality spreads.

The Mormon church said last month it was considering leaving the Boy Scouts, despite Scout leadership saying units can appoint leaders who match their own religious and moral values.

On Wednesday, Mormon church leaders issued a statement saying it would stay in Scouting – for now:

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints appreciates the positive contributions Scouting has made over the years. … At this time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will go forward as a chartering organization of BSA, and as in the past, will appoint Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify Church doctrine, values and standards.”

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