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
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)

(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.

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May 23, 2013 10:29 AM CDT
Why can't gay wanna be scouts just leave the boy scouts alone and join the girl scouts or the brownies? That way the girls would be as safe as they might be in their mother's arms and nobody would have anything to worry about. A merit badge in "hair teasing" is something to work and look forward to as part of this new brigade.
May 23, 2013 10:27 AM CDT
Regardless of anyone's stance on Gay Marriage, but just to be clear: all Boy Scouts are required to "leave" the troop after their 18th birthday. The idea being that you're no longer a boy, so you can't be a Boy Scout.
May 23, 2013 10:07 AM CDT
I read last night that restrictions can be a loving thing. Maybe in God's creation He knew that a man sleeping with a man as he would a woman could cause HIV, AIDS and death. Someone must warn our children. Jason Collins recently declared to be a gay professional athlete. Glen Burke was an openly gay baseball player. He died of AIDS in 1995 at the age of 42. Opposition to same sex relationship is a demonstration of love.