June 20, 2013
Report: Boy Scouts May Change Policy on Gay Members
Posted on Jan 28, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America may finally be ending its decades-long discriminatory rule of excluding gays from joining the group, NBC News reported Monday. The youth organization, which just seven months ago affirmed its policy banning Scouts and troop leaders because of their sexual orientation, has come under much criticism recently.
Deron Smith, a spokesman for the BSA, said the proposal under consideration “would allow the religious, civic or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue.
“The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members or parents. Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs.”
A Scouting official told NBC News that the change was being considered because of pressure by local chapters. “We’re a grass-roots organization. This is a response to what’s happening at the local level,” the official said.
However, the BSA’s decision to alter its policy may have to do more—like everything in this country, it seems—with financial considerations. Several organizations have recently stopped funding the Boy Scouts because of its discrimination.
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