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Scouts to admit gay youth but not leaders

Scouts to admit gay youth but not leaders

The Boy Scouts of America will propose removing the ban on gays as youth members but continue to bar gays from adult leadership.


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 says that the proposal is driven by a poll of the membership.

In changing one tradition, NPR’s Scott Simon points out the BSA adheres to another one.


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Jeffrey Cox

The Scouting is making progress. The program is getting better. The local church owns the Scouting organization. They can take this as a ministry and make a difference.

The folks in Boston are open to all. We spend a lot of time talking about the national organization and forget about the local youth.

Other churches exclude people. Do we stop dialogue with them?

Peter Pearson

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and this offer is not only what I said above, but it’s also insulting. Obviously they equate being gay with preying upon kids or being a poor role model. That’s ignorant and ugly.

Carole May

I agree with Peter. This is 2013. Let’s stop with the stereotypes. I know so many gay men who would make wonderful role models for young men today.

Peter Pearson

So far as I am concerned, this is way too little, way too late.

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