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Boy Scouts of America Considering End to Gay Ban

The organization currently does not allow people identifying as homosexual to be scouts or scout leaders.

The Boy Scouts of America might soon end its national ban on gay scouts and scout leaders, the organization announced Monday.

On the BSA's website, director of public relations Deron Smith issued the following statement:

“For more than 100 years, Scouting’s focus has been on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Scouting has always been in an ongoing dialogue with the Scouting family to determine what is in the best interest of the organization and the young people we serve.  

“Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs. BSA members and parents would be able to choose a local unit that best meets the needs of their families.  

“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. The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents. Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.”

An NBC News report suggests the change could be announced as early as next week if adopted by the Boy Scouts' board of directors.

What do you think about this possible change in Boy Scouts of America policy? Please tell us in the comments section below.

Radnor Patch ISN'T About Radnor Anymore :( January 30, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Michelle....Where does that comment come from? Do the Girl Scouts investigate whether or not one of their leaders is a cougar? Maybe we investigate anyone who lost money in the stock market, wouldn't want the kids to learn from someone like that!
horseshoe February 01, 2013 at 04:19 AM
AFA of PA Joins Others in Calling for Removal of Boy Scout Board Members Turley and Stephenson (Harrisburg) — Today the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) contacted the national office of the Boy Scouts of America calling for the removal of two members of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Ernst & Young CEO James Turley are not acting in the best interest of Scouting nor the boys they serve by pressuring the Scouts to change their policy concerning homosexual leaders and members. “Stephenson and Turley have come to the Boy Scout Executive Board with an agenda. Their apparent goal is to undermine the organization which has as its mission to help young men make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime. They are asking the Boy Scouts of America to hand over their members to be guinea pigs in this great social experiment called ‘normalizing homosexuality,’” commented Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA. http://afaofpa.org/archives/p3947/
Roger M February 01, 2013 at 07:26 PM
figures those flaming liberals over at AT&T are behind this subversion...
European American. February 01, 2013 at 07:38 PM
There's nothing contradictory about my statement. I don't want my kids under the leadership of gay people. I wouldn't have a problem if my kids were gay but I also don't want to push it on them. I don't have a problem with gay people being in charge in the workforce, but I don't want them in charge of my kids moral compass.
Alex Seigfried February 15, 2013 at 06:05 PM
I was a tiger cub, cub scout and a boy scout and in all that time this was never an issue. It's horrible how this has become so politicized and it's the reason I keep my kids out of scouting. If the council votes to allow gays back into the organization then I'll whole heartily jump back into it.

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