Friday, 19 April 2013

Boy Scout gay ban to be lifted: BSA to vote on resolution in May

Boy Scout gay ban to be lifted: BSA to vote on resolution in May, The Boy Scout gay ban may finally be ending, according to the organization's spokesperson. The BSA still has to vote on the resolution in May, but this marks a significant shift in policy for the Boy Scouts of America. Reuters shared the details on April 19.

The resolution states that youth would no longer be excluded from the group based on their sexual orientation. The Boy Scout gay ban has been a long-standing policy that was drawing more and more criticism, and until now the organization seemed resistant to change course.

Deron Smith, the spokesperson for the organization, indicates that the change comes after months of research. Smith says that the process was “among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today.”

Reuters does not indicate when in May the resolution vote will happen, or whether it is expected it will be approved. The ban on openly gay members has been a divisive policy with both dedicated supporters and vocal opponents. Until recently, it seemed the BSA was going to continue to resist pressure to begin accepting openly gay members. Many, however, will be welcoming the shift in policy should the Boy Scout gay ban be officially lifted.

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