SALT LAKE CITY -- Mormon church leaders say they will carefully review the Boy Scouts of America's new proposal on the organization's long-standing ban on gays before it takes a position.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokesman Michael Purdy said Friday they are looking closely at the language in the proposal and studying the implications.

The Scouts announced Friday that the proposal would be submitted at its national meeting in Texas the week of May 20.

Figures from the Boy Scouts of America show there are more Mormon Boy Scouts nationally than any other religious denomination. In the Boy Scouts' Great Salt Lake Council, 99 percent of the troops are sponsored by the Mormon church.

The LDS church teaches its members that marriage is only between a man and a woman and that same-sex relationships are sinful.

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