Boy Scouts to vote today to permit homosexual members

A long battle could be resolved today as the Boy Scouts of America will vote on whether to permit gay Scouts to join the organization.

This photo shows a close up detail of a Boy Scout uniform worn by Brad Hankins, a campaign director for Scouts for Equality, as he responds questions during a news conference in front of the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas.(Photo: Tony Gutierrez, AP)

This photo shows a close up detail of a Boy Scout uniform worn by Brad Hankins, a campaign director for Scouts for Equality, as he responds questions during a news conference in front of the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas.(Photo: Tony Gutierrez, AP)

The compromise plan was announced April 19: it would no longer deny membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation but would maintain its ban on openly gay adult leaders.

The organization’s executive committee made the proposal, which is expected to be presented to the Boy Scouts’ voting members at today’s meeting in Dallas. If the policy is approved, it will take effect January 1.

“If approved, the resolution would mean that ‘no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.’ The BSA will maintain the current membership policy for all adults,” Boy Scouts public relations director Deron Smith told CNN.

I blogged a couple weeks ago my opinion of the compromise. Let me hear from you. Vote below on what action you support from the Boy Scouts.

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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One Response to Boy Scouts to vote today to permit homosexual members

  1. I am very proud of my heterosexual son, an Eagle Scout. I appreciate the experience and training he received from some great men. I believe his BSA life made him a notch better than his peers.
    It is my observations that almost all perverts, I mean those that hurt children, are “heterosexual” married men. So why would it make a difference if a scout or scout leader was gay?

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