Friday, May 24, 2013

Boy Scout leaders remove ban on 'gays'

 Policy change threatens to 'gut' iconic organization

In a historic vote today that threatens to splinter the iconic organization, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America revised its century-old policy to allow “open and avowed” homosexuals to join its programs.  The new policy maintains the exclusion of adult leaders who are openly homosexual, however.  The BSA said the resolution was approved by 61 percent of the approximately 1,400 Boy Scout leaders from across the nation who voted at the organization’s annual conference in Grapevine, Texas.

In a statement issued after the vote, the BSA said the policy change is effective Jan. 1, 2014, “allowing the transition time needed to communicate and implement this policy to its approximately 116,000 Scouting units.”  The statement said the resolution “reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting.”  Responding to the vote, the Family Research Council “expressed deep disappointment at the Boy Scouts of America.”.......Read more at ......

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