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Boy Scouts Proposing to Lift Gay Ban for Youth

by David Crary
Friday Apr 19, 2013
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Under pressure over its longstanding ban on gays, the Boys Scouts of America is proposing to lift the ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders.

The Scouts announced Friday that it would submit this proposal to the roughly 1,400 voting members of its National Council at a meeting in Texas the week of May 20.

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.

Gay-rights groups have demanded a complete lifting of the ban. Some churches and conservative groups want it maintained.

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Comments

  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-04-19 14:02:05

    Now won’t that be a convenient combination, gay and questioning boys being instructed and watched by straight pedophiles who prey on young boys.


  • gdhamf, 2013-04-19 15:24:44

    Hey, I have an idea, why not tell the scouts to screw off. We are people, not dogs begging for scraps.


  • WayGay, 2013-04-19 15:39:40

    What a bunch of shit. The BSA is a day late and dollar shirt.This should outrage people even more than the original ban. There really is no cure for stupid.


  • GT, 2013-04-19 19:29:37

    This says that the bsa believes all gay men are pedaphiles. This is bullshit.


  • Anonymous, 2013-04-20 13:23:43

    If I recall, though it has been some time, a scout was to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Oh yes. We were asked to do a good daily. It appears that these sentiments are not being practiced by those in authority. I ,ask as a former scout, to those in authority do the right thing .


  • Anonymous, 2013-04-22 17:30:40

    As an extremely open-minded and logical gay man, I can somewhat understand the BSA’s stance. They are strongly religious, yes? And although most opinions stemming from the bible are due to misinterpretation, there is much stigma attached to homosexuality, hiwever unfounded. It is my belief that the BSA should leave the decision of inclusion to each individual state.


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