GRAPEVINE, Texas (May 23, 2013) - The Boy Scouts of America's
National Council has voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow
openly "gay" boys to be accepted as Scouts.
Randy Sharp (American Family Association):
"It's a sad day for America [and] for the Boy Scouts of America.
It just simply raises its finger to the air and tests the air - and
then caves to the winds of public opinion."
Of the local Scout leaders voting at their annual meeting in
Texas, more than 60 percent supported the proposal.
Under the proposal drafted by the Scouts' governing board,
homosexual adults will remain barred from serving as Scout
The outcome is unlikely to end a bitter debate over the Scouts'
Some conservative churches that sponsor Scout units wanted to
continue excluding homosexual youths, in some cases threatening to
defect if the ban were lifted. More liberal Scout leaders - while
supporting the proposal to accept homosexual youth - have made
clear they want the ban on homosexual adults lifted as well.
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The resolution, which is to take effect January 1, 2014, states
that "no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of
America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference
Statement from a BSA press release: "The
resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and
any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of
Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting."