Boy Scouts of America Reconsidering Homosexuality Policy

A resolution is under consideration by the Boy Scouts of America that would change the 102-year-old policy banning gay men and boys from leading or participating in scouting.  From MSNBC.com:

The new policy would throw out the national ban and allow local chartering organizations to decide whether or not they would accept gay youth and leaders, said Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout who has advocated for the change, citing unidentified people he spoke to within the organization.

Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith said a resolution to amend the national policy to allow each of the Scouting’s chartered groups to set its own standards regarding gay members was turned in by a Scout leader from the northeast before April 30, the deadline for submitting resolutions. He said the resolution was read on May 31 at their national annual meeting.

“While we’ll carefully consider this resolution, there are no plans to change this policy,” he said noting that resolutions and petitions on the matter were “not unique” and dated back to 2000, when the Supreme Court heard a challenge over their stance (the justices sided with the Boy Scouts in the lawsuit involving a former Assistant Scoutmaster who was gay, citing the protections of the First Amendment).

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  1. by Ken Sproul

    On June 10, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Sign my petition to preserve the existing policy to exclude open homosexuals from membership:
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/preserve-bsa-exclusion-of-homosexuals/

  2. by Mary Harko

    On June 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

    THank You Boy Scouts of America for standing up to your valules and not caving to the media. It is to bad JC Penny, and Susan Kolman did haven’t have the courage to do what is right as you did. Maybe all of us together can restore our country and it’s moral values!!!!!

  3. by Michael Part

    On June 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Thank you BSA for considering this. As an Eagle Scout and a Scoutmaster with many awards, including the Award of Merit, I appreciate you working on clearing up this denigrating rule. Homosexuality is not any more of a choice than is choosing one’s nationality. It is time for the BSA to join the 21st Century and include ALL families, not just heterosexual families.