Boy Scouts Proposal: Allow Gay Scouts, Not Leaders

Proposal must still be voted on

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 19, 2013 8:49 AM CDT | Updated Apr 19, 2013 9:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – It looks like the Boy Scouts of America may be ready to end its ban on openly gay scouts, but not on gay leaders. The organization today proposed doing away with the longstanding and controversial ban, which would mean that in the future, "no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone," a spokesperson tells Reuters. However, the proposal would continue to exclude gay adult leaders, the AP reports.

The policy won't become official, however, unless the organization's National Council, which has 1,400 voting members, approves it at its meeting in Texas the week of May 20. This proposal comes on the heels of three months of research the Boy Scouts did, including surveys sent to members.

This photo taken Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, shows a Boy Scout uniform worn by Brad Hankins, a campaign director for Scouts for Equality, as he responds questions during a news conference in Irving, Texas.
This photo taken Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, shows a Boy Scout uniform worn by Brad Hankins, a campaign director for Scouts for Equality, as he responds questions during a news conference in Irving, Texas.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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