Boy Scouts Set To End Ban On Gay Members
While the nation’s attention is set on the standoff in Boston, the Boy Scouts are letting it known that they are preparing to lift the ban on gays being members:
(Reuters) – The Boy Scouts of America called to end a long-standing ban on openly gay members, a spokesman said on Friday, but the organization’s board must still vote in May on whether to ratify the resolution.
If the vote is approved, “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,” Deron Smith, the organization’s spokesman, told Reuters.
Smith noted that the decision drew from three months of research, surveys and discussions and was “among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today.”
The deliberations over whether to admit openly gay and lesbian members to the Boy Scouts has divided organizers, polarized its corporate and religious sponsors, and placed the group at the center of a nationwide debate over gay rights over the past two years.
“This is a historic change for the Boy Scouts,” said Patrick Boyle, whose 1994 book “Scout’s Honor” examined sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts of America.
When this first came up several months ago, there was an uproar from many on the right, which is what led to the three-month study period. It will be interesting to see how vigorous they are in trying to block the change now assuming that the votes are there to do it.