In Secret Ballot, Boy Scouts Vote on Gays Today

It's expected to be close

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 23, 2013 6:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – Today's the day: More than 1,400 Boy Scout leaders are gathered in Grapevine, Texas, to vote on allowing openly gay scouts to participate in the organization. Emotions were already running high yesterday, the New York Times reports, as dozens of protesters picketed outside the conference center with "no" signs and American flags. Today's vote will be taken by secret ballot, and it is expected to be close. NBC News has a helpful primer on the new policy (which would only allow gay scouts, not gay leaders), and what it will look like if it passes. One big point of contention: Under the proposed policy, gay Eagle Scouts would be forced to quit on their 18th birthday.

Terri Hall, left, of San Antonio, stands with her son Nathaniel Hall, 8, as they hold signs near where the Boy Scouts of America are holding their annual meeting May 22, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Boy Scouts raise their hands at the close of a news conference held by people against the change in the Boy Scouts of America gay policy May 22, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
John Stemberger, center, leads a press conference backed by people against the proposed change in the Boy Scouts of America gay policy Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
An unidentified protestor holds a sign near where the Boy Scouts of America is holding their annual meeting Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
In this Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, James Oliver, left, hugs his brother and fellow Eagle Scout, Will Oliver, who is gay, as Will and other supporters carry four boxes filled with a petition to end the ban...   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
Ellis Hunsaker displays his finance merit badge with 27 other badges Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, in Salt Lake City.   (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
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