Skip to comments.Boy Scouts propose lifting ban on openly gay Scouts, but not leaders
Posted on 04/19/2013 12:01:16 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Also breaking today: This is a proposal that would go from the executive council to the Boy Scouts of America voting members in May, , and if approved, go into effect in January 2014:
The Boy Scouts of America would no longer deny membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation, but would maintain its ban on openly gay adult leaders under a proposal it is considering, the group said Friday…
“If approved, the resolution would mean that ‘no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.’ The BSA will maintain the current membership policy for all adults,” Boy Scouts public relations director Deron Smith said.
The Boys Scouts have been considering a change in the longstanding policy against allowing openly gay members. In February, the Boy Scouts’ national executive board postponed a vote on lifting its outright ban on openly gay Scouts and troop leaders and ordered a survey of its members on the issue.
The Boy Scouts have been mulling a version of this proposal for a while, but the parameters changed in response to a survey it commissioned of members:
Earlier, the BSA had indicated it might give local Scout units the option of admitting gays as both youth members and adult leaders, or continuing to exclude them
The BSA said Friday it changed course due in part to results of surveys sent out this year to members of the scouting community.
The survey, according to CNN, showed a generational split with older leaders preferring the exclusion policy and younger parents and teenagers favoring lifting the ban. More from ABC on the survey:
Gay-rights groups have demanded a complete lifting of the ban, while some churches and conservative groups want it maintained in its entirety, raising the likelihood that the new proposal will draw continued criticism from both sides.
Indeed, the BSA, in making its announcement, estimated that easing the ban on gay adults could cause widespread defections that cost the organization 100,000 to 350,000 members.
The review, said a BSA statement, “created an outpouring of feedback” from 200,000 respondents, some supporting the exclusion policy and others favoring a change.
“While perspectives and opinions vary significantly, parents, adults in the Scouting community and teens alike tend to agree that youth should not be denied the benefits of Scouting,” the statement said.
a step in the right direction for the homostapo
The homos aren’t going to be happy until they can infiltrate homo recruiters into the Boy Scouts.
If they do this credibility will be gone.
OK then, that’ll do it for me and my son. You can’t teach God and accept homosexuality at the same time. Enough. BSA can kiss my A$$.
Thanks for posting this article.
I agree... finally a decision that makes logical sense.
Besides, the experience of Boy Scouting helps one grow out of certain ‘childhood’ influences.
of all the problem this country faces and is facing, fast and furious, Libya, debt, spending, inflation on the horizon , Egypt, Syria, unemployment, foreclosures to name a few and even issues as to why the white house is closed and yet there are still concerts, parties and dinners, with her family still living there which we pay for .
AND THE HOMOSTAPO STILL KEEPS TALKING ABOUT WANTING US TO CHANGE OUT VIEWS ABOUT THEIR TURD POKING.
They already have plenty. We had one in Alaska of all places. Dude was flamin. 38 living with mommy, never married and didn’t date because the “boys” were his life.
If the scouts allow this then people need to organize and pull their kids out en masse.
We used to have bed-wetters, and mama's boys in our troop, and members of various religions (or none at all).
We didn't discriminate against them. Like the rest of us, they learned to become true Boy Scouts, or they quit.
There are many more children today that consider themselves 'gay', so it is an issue that has to be dealt with.
LET EM IN. SINK OR SWIM.
Gee, I thought I said that. You do know you have to stand up, don’t you?
I guess “boy” scouts would take on a whole new meaning.
Despicable scum - out of their minds. Who the hell would want a normal son sharing a tent with a pansey???
Americans have become so damn GUTLESS and submissive.
The problem is they will demand the Scouts accommodate them.
I would have no problem if they were gay and fulfilled all the requirements, but experience has shown time and time again, once you allow gays in, they will fundamentally transform an organization and lower its’ standards.
Sure, because time and time again the concept of “the slippery slope” has proven itself a fallacy...
Oh the art of compromise!
I always thought the real battleground was in regard to leaders not scouts themselves. So this is better than I had feared.
sign the petition
>>LET EM IN. SINK OR SWIM.
Do you really believe that the gaystapo will settle for Sink or Swim? If you do not cater to the homosexuals’ every need, you will be called homophobic, a hater, a bully—and that’s just the boy that shares his tent! The adult leadership will be warned that anything that the gaystapo could misconstrue as unwelcoming to the homo child will end your career as a scout leader.
This isn’t about acceptance and equality. Never has been.
Eagle Scout is a good thing to have on a college app, but any parent who leaves their son in scouting after this passes is simply unfit.
You don’t appease evil. Ever.
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