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April 15, 2013 Print

Take Action: 3 States Pass Resolutions Supporting Boy Scouts Policy

by Bethany Monk

Lawmakers in Arizona, Ohio and Tennessee passed resolutions last week supporting the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) policy requiring that members agree with its core values.

The organization’s National Executive Board is scheduled to vote May 22-23 on whether to let openly gay men serve as Scout leaders. The policy change would also let openly gay youth serve as Boy Scouts.

John Stemberger, founder of OnMyHonor.net, commends the states for supporting the BSA’s “timeless values.”

“We agree with these states and support the current policy of Scouting, which allows anyone to participate irrespective of sexual orientation, only disallowing the open and aggressive promotion of homosexuality and political agendas,” Stemberger said. “Sex and politics should stay out of the Boy Scouts.”

The House and Senate in Arizona and Tennessee passed each state’s resolutions. In Ohio, the House passed its resolution.

The Arizona and Tennessee resolutions referred to the BSA as a private voluntary, nonbusiness organization, with the right to set its own standards for membership and leadership. The Tennessee resolution called the organization a “model for inclusiveness.” The Arizona resolution highlighted the BSA’s two-year study from 2012, in which an 11-member committee came to a unanimous consensus that the organization should maintain its policy. Both resolutions underscored state support for the BSA’s “values and policies” and “appreciation for the public service this worthwhile organization performs through its contributions to the lives of our nation’s boys and men.”

Ohio’s resolution contains general support for Scouting as it is today, and does not reference the controversy, Stemberger told CitizenLink.

The BSA has trained boys to help create a more conscientious, responsible society since 1910. The organization is comprised of more than 116,000 local units, with more than 70,000 of these run by faith-based organizations.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) sent a letter in March to the BSA’s National Board and more than 300 councils affirming its support. ADF also warns in the letter that a policy change may result in lawsuits against the organization.

“For over a century, the Boy Scouts have represented the essence of what makes America great: our belief in God, our self-determination, our service to others, and a shared set of moral values,” ADF writes on its website, which also contains a petition urging the organization to maintain its core values. ”It would be detrimental for the leadership to betray those moral principles and radically change the Boy Scouts.”

Take Action: Boy Scouts of America
Sign ADF’s petition urging the BSA to stand strong and maintain its current policy.

Read a summary of ADF’s letter to the BSA.

Learn more about Arizona’s resolution.

Learn more about Tennessee’s resolution.

Learn more about Ohio’s resolution.

 Learn more about OnMyHonor.net.