Skip to comments.NBC Exclusive: Boy Scouts Close to Ending Ban on Gay Members, Leaders
Posted on 01/28/2013 10:15:05 AM PST by kristinn
The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nations largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions.
If adopted by the organizations board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial -- one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organizations rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts.
The chartered organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organizations mission, principles or religious beliefs, according to Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts national organization.
Individual sponsors and parents would be able to choose a local unit which best meets the needs of their families, Smith said.
The discussion of a potential change in policy is nearing its final stages, according to outside scouting supporters. If approved, the change could be announced as early as next week, after the BSA's national board holds a regularly scheduled meeting.
Only seven months ago, the Boy Scouts affirmed a policy of banning gay members, after a nearly two-year examination of the issue by a committee of volunteers convened by national leaders of the Boy Scouts of America, known as the BSA.
In a statement last July affirming the ban, its national executive board called it the best policy for the organization.
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My kids will never join the Boy Scouts of America, if they decide to allow declared homosexuals as members or leaders.
Well, now they won’t have anyone to go to Boy Scouts except the counselors.
Never would I allow a son of mine to be in a group that allowed faggots to be in a position of power over him... nor an organization that allowed homosexual propaganda.
Et tu Boy Scouts???? BS.
Well, that’ll be the end of the Boy Scouts then.
If true, this is the end of the BSA.
In the afterlife, God may be the ultimate ruler.
But in the here and now, Government makes and enforces the rules. Disobey Him and there will be Hell to pay in the form of harrassment, regulation, condemnation, fines and imprisonment.
The Boy Scouts are simply kneeling to their current Master in the here and now.
Might be misinformation designed purely to make them look bad in the media
On the other hand, liberals love to infiltrate organizations and never show their true colors until they are in positions of power.
Talk about a target-rich environment.
Good advice. This is coming from a cartel of known liars and depraved communist thugs...the media.
Not the direction I would have expected the BSA to move.
Hopefully some BSA troops, independent of the national organization, will take steps to ensure that all members from Cub Scout to Eagle Scout are indeed straight and not gay.
Doesn’t sound like the end of the BSA at all.
They’re pushing the decision lower in the organization. Smart move ... I’d guess we won’t be seeing a lot of troops, packs, dens etc that choose to have homosexual leaders, but it insulates the National organization from the controversy.
In fact, it may very well shine a clear light on the limits of the gay movement and it’s agenda. When local organizations don’t stampede to allow gay leaders it’s going to show just how limited the movement really is.
Probably not going to happen. The Mormon troops would leave.
That will work out just as well as women in combat units.
You realize, of course, that the BSA has always had gay Scout leaders. The leaders just kept it quiet. The two deep leadership rule was put in place because we couldn’t stop gays from being Scout leaders.
Why not? It worked out so well for the Roman Catholic Church and Penn State...