Boy Scouts Of America Votes To Lift Ban On Gay Scouts
A huge decision has just come down from the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council; today they voted to ease a ban allowing gay boys to be accepted into their youth organization.
It allows gay scouts, but not gay scout leaders.
The future of scouting is absolutely at stake with this issue,” said Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and the founder of Scouts for Equality, ahead of the vote. “If the ban stays in place, the bigger problem is going to be the number of people who don’t come to the program.
The new rules will go into effect on January first of 2014. Here is part of a statement released by BSA about the rule changes:
While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in Scouting. Going forward, our Scouting family will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth in order to help them grow into good, strong citizens. America’s youth need Scouting, and by focusing on the goals that unite us, we can continue to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.
Does this change your perception of the Boy Scouts organization at all? (For the better or for worse?)