(CNN) — The Boy Scouts executive committee has written a resolution for consideration that would remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone, the Boy Scouts of America said Friday. The scouts would maintain the current membership policy for all adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America.
Original Story from Charlie Berens on February 6, 2013:
Original Story from February 2, 2013:
The Boy Scouts say they need more time to come up with a decision on their century-old ban on gays…apparently a century isn’t long enough.
Original Story from January 28, 2013:
According to a report Monday afternoon by NBCNews, the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America is “actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders.”
A spokesman for BSA admitted to CW33 news Monday afternoon that it is in discussions over the policy.
This is the full statement from BSA:
“For more than 100 years, Scouting’s focus has been on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Scouting has always been in an ongoing dialogue with the Scouting family to determine what is in the best interest of the organization and the young people we serve.
“Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs. BSA members and parents would be able to choose a local unit that best meets the needs of their families.
“The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic, or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue. The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents. Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.”
The Boy Scouts of America’s official position on gays is to “not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals.”
In other words, you can be gay, just pretend you aren’t.
It says “homosexual conduct” (which it does not define) “is inconsistent with the scout oath and scout law.”
In 2000, the US Supreme Court ruled the BSA can kick out a scout leader for being gay if it wants to.
And it did. A few times. Including last year, when things got nasty.
The BSA booted Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian den leader in Ohio. Her 7-year-old son was in that den.
Her story inspired a massive petition, asking the scouts to change its policy.
In July, the BSA came out with a big statement. It said it spent two years reviewing its policy on gays. The result: the policy stands. No changes.
Gays got angry. So did major companies.
Merck, UPS, and Intel all pulled funding from the BSA.
Now, the BSA might be changing its tune.