Mormon leaders had said they were deeply troubled after the Boy Scouts announced on 28 July that it would lift its ban on gay adult leaders, while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to continue excluding gay adults. Sign In See Subscription Options. But those leaders have also made it clear that the church still opposes gay marriage and believes homosexual activity is a sin. Matheson trained under the psychologist Joseph Nicolosi, president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, a prominent secular organization in the ex-gay movement. Just a private announcement that only became public after Besen heard about it.
A number of rank-and-file Mormons are pushing the church to become more accepting and welcoming of LGBT members to avoid losing them from the religion or being shunned.
The church said it will continue evaluating the situation and is open to alternatives to the Boy Scouts. Here he is in the New York Times in January 21, Want more from the Friendly Atheist?
The more vocally anti-gay you are, the greater the odds you harbor same-sex desires.