Boy Scout Leaders Vote to Allow Gay Youth

Published: May 24, 2013

GRAPEVINE, Texas—The Boy Scouts of America decided to allow gay youth to openly join its ranks, reversing a long-standing ban.

The decision, which came after a vote Thursday of some 1,400 Scout leaders, had been seen as a litmus test for how much the nation has shifted its views on gay people and their role in society.

More than 61% of the leaders gathered for their annual meeting voted in support of a proposal floated last month by Scouts officials. That proposal, a compromise that angered some on both sides, opened Scouting’s membership to gay youth but not gay adults in staff or volunteer leadership roles.

The decision, which came after a vote Thursday of some 1,400 Scout leaders, had been seen as a litmus test for how much the nation has shifted its views on gay people and their role in society.

More than 61% of the leaders gathered for their annual meeting voted in support of a proposal floated last month by Scouts officials. That proposal, a compromise that angered some on both sides, opened Scouting’s membership to gay youth but not gay adults in staff or volunteer leadership roles.

"While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in Scouting," the organization said in a statement. The ban lifts on Jan. 1, 2014.

At meetings that began Wednesday at Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, participants said leaders engaged in spirited debate. The positions leaders shared were often split along geographic lines, participants said, with leaders from the Northeast supporting an end to the ban and those from the South arguing to keep it in place.

Full text of article available at link below –

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *