Boy Scouts to Review Anti-Gay Policy

Move comes amid public outcry over dismissal of lesbian den leader
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2012 6:39 PM CDT
Zach Wahls attends the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco on June 2. The Eagle Scout has been pushing the Boy Scouts to change policy.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Boy Scouts of America isn't making any promises, but it will at least review its policy that seeks to keep gay people out of the organization. The group says it will consider a resolution that would allow gay adults to serve as leaders in individual units, reports AP. The issue has been front and center following the dismissal of a lesbian den mother in Ohio, along with the petition that arose on her behalf. It now has close to 300,000 signatures, notes the Advocate.

During the group's national meeting last week, activist Zach Wahls presented the organization with 275,000 signatures calling for a change in the policy. Wahls is an Eagle Scout with two lesbian moms who rose to fame with his public defense of them. "I love the organization and I refuse to stand by idly as it forfeits its cultural relevancy at the very moment this country needs it most," said the author of My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family.

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