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UPDATED: Boy Scouts Considering Allowing Gays

by David Badash on January 28, 2013

in News,Politics

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is considering allowing gay youth, teens, and scout leaders into scouting, reversing decades of anti-gay discrimination. The Boy Scouts just last year reaffirmed their policy of not allowing gays into any level of Scouting, claiming they had held a years-long study that concluded it would not be in the Scouts’ “best interests.”

The possible new policy would reportedly allow individual chapters to make the decision for themselves.

The news was broken on MSNBC by Pete Williams on Andrea Mitchell’s show.

This is a developing story — stay tuned.

UPDATE: On, Williams writes:

“The chartered organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s 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.


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Bose_in_SP_MN January 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

OK, that could be a positive, if tentative and incomplete, step forward. Progress doesn't always happen in cleanly.

The details will matter, though. Would this mean that leaders and staff from non-discriminating local units would be marked as ineligible for positions in the regional and national org? Will gay scouts in welcoming local units really get the necessary sign-offs for their Eagle if the higher-ups disapprove? Will gay scouts and leaders face obstacles to participating in national events?

Walt48 January 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Really? Are we supposed to be impressed? So the organization is getting push back in a number of communities and is loosing membership and participation and now they MAY change their policy a little bit. It’s purely self-serving and the idea that “the possible new policy would reportedly allow individual chapters to make the decision for themselves” clearly shows that. There is no recognition of the hurt the organization has caused. There is no recognition that their policy has been discriminatory, insulting and just plain bigoted. In fact, at best, this new change would perpetuate this bigotry in chapters that choose to continue the old policy. This is no real change and they deserve no congratulations for considering it.

RussWindle January 29, 2013 at 7:05 am

I much rather have an out gay or lesbian scout leader around my child than a closeted heterosexual pedophile.

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