Monday, January 28, 2013

Boy Scouts May End Ban on Gay Youths, Leaders

The Boy Scouts of America is expected to lift its longstanding ban on gay Scouts and troop leaders.

The reversal of the decades-old policy is expected to be approved by the organization’s national board next week, both USA Today and NBC News reports.

“The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue," Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman, told USA Today.

 After a two-year examination of the issue, the Boy Scouts affirmed its ban on gays just seven months ago. The volunteer review committee was convened by national leaders of the Boy Scouts of America.

But several local chapters and some members of the national board, including corporate CEO Randall Stephenson of AT&T and James Turley of the Ernst & Young accounting firm, called for a reconsideration, USA Today reports.

Under the proposed change, decisions on membership and leadership would be decided by the organization’s 290 local governing councils and 116,000 sponsoring religious and civic groups.

More @ Newsmax


  1. If this turns out to be true, the BSA can forget about me making anymore donations to them. They currently receive a significant portion of my charitable donations.

  2. It's a shame that the leaders of an organization set up to teach boys to be "mentally awake," as the Boy Scout oath says, would let themselves be pressured into accepting gays when homosexuality hasn't even been intelligently defined yet. This might be a bit premature. Gays have only just begun to break from the old traditional concept, and I don't hear them admitting that fact.