Boy Scouts to Allow Openly Gay Membersby Bethany Monk
In a decision that will likely affect the course of one of America’s most revered youth organizations, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced Thursday that it will change its membership policy to allow gay-identified Scout members. It will maintain its policy prohibiting openly gay adult leaders.
More than 60 percent of BSA national council members passed a resolution that states: “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” The 1,400-member council voted in Grapevine, Texas. The policy change will begin Jan. 1.
“It is with great sadness and deep disappointment that we recognize on this day that the most influential youth program in America has turned a tragic corner,” said John Stemberger, founder of OnMyHonor.Net. “(Allowing) open and avowed homosexuality into Scouting will completely transform it into an unprincipled and risky proposition for parents. It is truly a sad day for Scouting.”Read More