Boy Scouts to Allow Gay Scouts
But gay adults still barred as leaders
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 23, 2013 5:21 PM CDT
A detail of a Boy Scout uniform.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(Newser) – The Boy Scouts of America's National Council has voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted as Scouts. Of the local Scout leaders voting at their annual meeting in Texas, more than 60% supported the proposal. Under the proposal drafted by the Scouts' governing board, gay adults will remain barred from serving as Scout leaders.

The outcome is unlikely to end a bitter debate over the Scouts' membership policy. Some conservative churches that sponsor Scout units wanted to continue excluding gay youths, in some cases threatening to defect if the ban were lifted. More liberal Scout leaders—while supporting the proposal to accept gay youths—have made clear they want the ban on gay adults lifted as well.

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SarahJoWood
Jun 2, 2013 7:34 PM CDT
I find this beautiful. It's showing a breakthrough in our close-minded world.. We are a species based on love and kindness. Not of ignorance and hate.. I love seeing things like this in the news. Instead of hearing about the war we're wanting to enter or the hatred people show for politicians, we're seeing acts of acceptance. Love it.
Mr_.Masturbate
May 26, 2013 4:08 PM CDT
They are going to have new merit badges like floral arrangement an interior design and clothing design. Maybe they will improve the BSA uniform like put zippers int the back of uniform shorts. LOL
Johnnyslapp
May 25, 2013 6:56 AM CDT
Stupid gay weirdo's and to hell with the PC ass kissing flag burning C's