Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Boy Scouts Rethink Ban on Gay Leaders and Members

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Photo from Flickr Creative Commons by David Blumenkrantz
  • Photo from Flickr Creative Commons by David Blumenkrantz

The Boy Scouts of America said Monday that they are reconsidering the ban on gay members and gay leaders, with a new policy that would let parents, members, and sponsoring organizations make their own decisions about this issue.

The change that is being discussed would allow the groups that sponsor the Scout units to decide whether or not they would admit openly gay people into their troops or not.

“The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents,” BSA spokesman Deron Smith said in a prepared statement Monday.
Smith also said that members and parents would be allowed to choose a local troop that reflects their family values most consistently.

The original ban was put in place in 2000, with a Supreme Court vote of 5-4 in favor of the Scouts.

The change would allow for something the Scouts haven’t: People being permitted to decide for themselves how they want to deal with it.

Although the ultimate decision has yet to be announced, The New York Times reports that a discussion about lifting the ban is most likely going to take place at next week’s national executive board meeting on Feb. 6. The meetings are closed to the public as well as the media.

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