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.
In midst of all, BSA has proposed lifting ban on gay scouts. Old tradition of major announcements during breaking news.
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) April 19, 2013