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Boy Scouts propose lifting ban on openly gay Scouts, but not leaders
Hotair ^ | 04/19/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM

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.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: boyscouts; bsa; gay; homosexualagenda; homosexuality
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To: dfwgator

“The problem is they will demand the Scouts accommodate them.”

Yup. And the first time a parent refuses to let their son tent with a teenage homosexual unsupervised, there will be a lawsuit.

41 posted on 04/19/2013 10:56:50 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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First, form your own boy scouting group that allows homosexuals in. They have the right of Free Association, just as the Boy Scouts of America do.

Second, this is defacto admittance of homosexual leaders. If you allow a youth “homosexual” in, who then goes on to become an Eagle Scout, how do you deny him a leadership position or a position as a counselor when he’s 19?

The BSA just needs to say “no”, keep the existing policy in place and let the liberals make up their own group. Let them walk.

42 posted on 04/20/2013 4:32:09 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

If the vast majority of Christian faiths that actually sponsor the scouts protested this decision it would never happen. I know for a fact that my church will dissolve their association with the BSA if this goes through. And that will be sad because we have sponsored a Boy Scout Troup for years. And thousands more will do the same all over the country. But plain and simple you can not go against your faith in matters of morality and there will be no homosexuals admitted. It’s impossible. It is the exact same thing as Obamagabe saying Catholic organizations have to provide abortion inducing drugs in their insurance plans. Ain’t gonna happen. Obama wants to destroy the Christian faith in this country and any organization that anything to do with Christianity. Can you imagine this BS happening if GW Bush were still president, or for that matter any republican. Having Barry Bathhouse in the White House is the reason that not a day goes by that you do not hear something about sodomy being legalized in America. Perverts take up for their own. Google Larry Sinclair and find out all you want to know about Barry Bathhouse.

43 posted on 04/20/2013 6:54:03 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: 1010RD

Thank you for your response.

My comment was based on the experience of seeing Boy Scouts turn (momma’s boys, bed-wetters, homos) into men.

Of course, there was the one ‘potential’ Eagle Scout that had managed to stay a homosexual, so your concerns are valid.

44 posted on 04/20/2013 1:14:22 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: freekitty
You do know you have to stand up

Do I have to raise my hand too ?

45 posted on 04/20/2013 1:15:58 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Bryanw92
Do you really believe that the gaystapo will settle for Sink or Swim?

Only if we can take America back from the Communists and Homosexuals (i.e. the Obama Administration, the Congress , and the Senate).

46 posted on 04/20/2013 1:19:27 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: hopespringseternal
Part of the left's power is convincing people like you there is even an issue to be considered.

Part of the left's power is convincing people like 'them' that they are gay. And there are MORE of them being RAISED as gay, or CONVINCED by media influence that they are gay, than there were when I was a boy.

I agree that the actual 'amount' of occurrences of 'gay' boys entering Scouts may not be on an epidemic scale, but it most definitely is an issue that has to be dealt with. That is just an OBVIOUS FACT based on the fact that there have been lawsuits and the Boy Scout Leadership is addressing the issue in the public venue.

47 posted on 04/20/2013 1:26:35 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: rcrngroup

I’d answer your questions, but you seemed to do a good job answering them yourself, and I think we are pretty much in total agreement.

48 posted on 04/20/2013 1:29:22 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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That sounds like a nice touch. :)

49 posted on 04/20/2013 2:44:03 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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