Home Health Parents News Now Boy Scouts of America Reaffirms Ban on Gays Boy Scouts of America Reaffirms Ban on Gays By Holly Lebowitz Rossi July 19, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_106306400 29769 The Scouts cited support from parents as a key reason for keeping the policy and expressed hope that the prolonged debate over it might now subside. Bitter reactions from gay-rights activists suggested that result was unlikely. The Scouts' national spokesman, Deron Smith, told The Associated Press that an 11-member special committee, formed discreetly by top Scout leaders in 2010, came to the conclusion that the exclusion policy ''is absolutely the best policy'' for the 102-year-old organization. Smith said the committee, comprised of professional scout executives and adult volunteers, was unanimous in its conclusion — preserving a long-standing policy that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000 and has remained controversial ever since. As a result of the committee's decision, the Scouts' national executive board will take no further action on a resolution submitted at its recent national conference asking for reconsideration of the membership policy. The Scouts' chief executive, Bob Mazzuca, contended that most Scout families support the policy, which applies to both adult leaders and Scouts. Image: Boy Scouts, via spirit of america / Shutterstock.com. By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Boy Scouts of America Reaffirms Ban on Gays Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.