In a Newsroom piece on issues related to homosexuality, Elder Oaks quotes President Hinckley as saying:
We love them (referring to people who have same-sex attractions) as sons and daughters of God. They may have certain inclinations which are powerful and which may be difficult to control. If they do not act upon these inclinations, then they can go forward as do all other members of the Church.
Elder Oaks went on to say:
To me that means that a person with these inclinations, where they’re kept under control, or, if yielded to are appropriately repented of, is eligible to do anything in the Church that can be done by any member of the Church who is single. Occasionally, there’s an office, like the office of bishop, where a person must be married. But that’s rather the exception in the Church. Every teaching position, every missionary position can be held by single people. We welcome to that kind of service people who are struggling with any kind of temptation when the struggle is a good struggle and they are living so as to be appropriate teachers, or missionaries, or whatever the calling may be.
There’s one other exception to that: any calling involving the BSA, because current BSA policy does not allow gay people to volunteer and they currently and actively enforce this policy. What this means is that, in the eyes of the Lord and his church, a gay saint might be perfectly worthy of and capable of fulfilling a calling . . . a calling that BSA policy prevents them from filling. So this man, for example, could theoretically be called as an LDS bishop, but not as a den leader. This man is currently serving as his ward’s Executive Secretary, but couldn’t be a den leader.
I think it would be wonderful if BSA policy were more in line with Church policy.