Boy Scouts Punt on Decision on Gays
Won't decide the dicey issue until May
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 6, 2013 9:56 AM CST
This photo taken Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, shows a close up detail of a Boy Scout uniform worn by Brad Hankins, a campaign director for Scouts for Equality.   (Tony Gutierrez)

(Newser) – The Boy Scouts of America's national executive board has delayed a decision on whether to lift its longstanding ban on gay scouts and leaders. The BSA today said the organization will instead take action on the resolution at its national meeting in May. The Scouts said last week that the organization was considering a shift in its policy, which has led officials to remove gay leaders and scouts. That announcement pushed years of debate over the policy to an even higher level.

President Obama—Scouting's honorary president—spoke in favor of letting gay scouts in, saying that "gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does in every institution and walk of life." Others, like Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an Eagle Scout, disagreed. "To have popular culture impact 100 years of their standards is inappropriate," Perry said last weekend. Protesters on both sides rallied at BSA headquarters in Irving, outside Dallas. Conservatives have warned of mass defections if Scouting allows gay membership to be determined by troops.

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Feb 7, 2013 7:26 PM CST
I am with Chuck Norris. Mr. President keep gays out of boy scout troops. Why would a gay kid want to be a she/scout? 1942
Feb 7, 2013 7:48 AM CST
If homosexual men are, in fact, physically attracted to young boys... then, wouldn't the idea of allowing a homosexual Boy Scout leader to go on an overnight camping trip with a group of young Boy Scouts be the same... as allowing a single, heterosexual man to sleep in the same tent, on an overnight camping trip, with a group of young, attractive Girl Scouts -- what do you think this type of sleeping arrangement would inevitably lead to? If you believe that putting an unmarried, heterosexual man in a "dark tent" with a group of naive, young girls is a BAD idea... then, what makes anyone think that the idea of putting a homosexual Boy Scout leader in a "dark tent" with a group of naive, young boys is thus, a GOOD idea?
Feb 7, 2013 7:00 AM CST
I was in a highly conservative state when going through the Boy Scouts in the nineties. Two of my friends and cohorts within the BSA came out when they were about 15. What did we do as Scouts? NOTHING!!!! This is freaking ridiculous. LET IT GO! Friendships and childhoods shouldn't be destroyed because of theologies and religion. As for heterosexual versus homosexual leaders, both need to be scrutinized on behaviors and historical information. A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. REVERENT. Respectful of others. Where does bigotry, prejudice and biased fit? What the BSA has become is astonishingly different than I remember. And I am an Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster, shutting out impressionable youth severely hinders the group and the community and hurts any social developments.