Boy Scouts Delay Vote on Allowing Gay Members

The Boy Scouts of America’s current policy banning openly gay boys and men from membership in the organization will remain in place until at least May, when the group’s board has said it may vote on a proposal to change the policy.  That vote had been expected Wednesday, but has been delayed, according to a statement from the BSA, because of “the complexity of this issue.”  From CNN:

“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,” the group said Wednesday morning.

“To that end, the 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 meeting in May 2013.”

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  1. by Jeremy

    On April 26, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I’m an Eagle Scout, and I think the BSA is just cowardly. They can’t stop the shift in national consensus on LGBT so now they delay because it’s so darn complex. Doing the right thing should not be a complex decision unless you’re looking for a rationale to do the wrong thing.