Today, much to the nation’s surprise, the Boy Scouts of America announced they would not be voting on whether or not to drop their national ban on gay scouts and gay scoutmasters, but would delay the decision and put it to their 1,400 voting members of their National Council, who will be asked to vote in May.
Here is the official statement from the Boy Scouts of America Executive Board:
For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, providing its youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. In the past two weeks, Scouting has received an outpouring of feedback from the American public. It reinforces how deeply people care about Scouting and how passionate they are about the organization.
After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.
To that end, the National Executive Board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers’ work on a resolution on membership standards. The approximately 1,400 voting members of the National Council will take action on the resolution at the National Annual Meeting in May 2013.
For more on this issue of discrimination, see all our reports on the Boy Scouts.
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