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Speak Out: Boy Scouts to Continue Banning Out Gay Kids, Leaders

What are your thoughts on this decision?

The Boy Scouts of America recently voted to uphold its traditional policy of banning out gay members and LGBTQ leaders, The New York Times reported

“The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers, and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca said in a statement. “While a majority of our membership agrees with our policy, we fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.”

This decision served as response to a resolution asking the BSA to reconsider its ban on gay members and leaders. Former Cub Scout Leader Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian, delivered a petition with 300,000 signatures to the BSA today asking them to change this policy. Zach Wahls, a 20-year-old Iowan Eagle Scout with two lesbian moms, also supports ending the ban

What are your thoughts on this continued ban? Do you think the BSA made the right decision? Were you a Boy Scout or do you have children or siblings who are Boy Scouts? 

  

reston on my laurels July 19, 2012 at 08:36 PM
As a mother of a young son, I am saddened by this and will be looking for alternatives to BSA for my child. The BSA is a private organization that has the right to their (hateful) beliefs. And I, as a parent, have my right to not support their beliefs and their stance.
Sandra Helig July 20, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I reiterate the comments of reston on my laurels, and vinny... People are people no matter what the race, religion, ethnicity, color, sexual orientation. Everyone has their 'difference'. ( I practice no religion but believe -->.. judge not, lest thee be judged). I know what I used to believe the boy scouts stood for, am not so sure now, I will rethink encouraging my daughter to put my grandson into cub/boy scouts when my grandson comes of age. It is dismaying to me that rather than build character they encourage and practice this kind of predjudice.
Sandra Helig July 20, 2012 at 02:00 AM
I think I meant to say that it is diamaying to me that rather than build character by encouraging tolerance they would exhibit this kind of prejudice.
Laurie Dodd July 20, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I am saddened that the Boy Scouts of America retains its intolerant stance.
Skip Endale July 20, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Creepy. Like BTK their scout leader and church council.

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