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posted Friday, July 17, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 29
Boy Scouts end ban on Gay leaders
Local option allows church-sponsored troops to maintain ban
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Boy Scouts end ban on Gay leaders
Local option allows church-sponsored troops to maintain ban

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Boys Scouts of America Executive Committee unanimously lifted the organization's ban on Gay adult leaders on July 13. The resolution also prohibits regional councils and Boy Scout camps from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, and allows previously removed leaders to reapply for their positions.

The change is expected to be ratified July 27, and will then be effective immediately.

While the national organization and its regional councils may no longer exclude Gay adults from leadership positions, the group will allow each troop to determine its own leadership policy. That compromise accommodates church-sponsored troops, which might have religious restrictions on the participation of Gay leaders.

The policy change comes less than two months after Boy Scouts President and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates called for an end to the ban on Gay adult scout leaders. The Scouts removed their ban on Gay scouts in May 2013.

In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts were a private membership organization and therefore could, if they chose, exclude Gay members under the freedom of association clause of the First Amendment.

Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and the Executive Director of Scouts for Equality, credited the activism of Gay scouts for the organization's decision.

'Today's announcement hopefully marks the beginning of the end of the Boy Scouts of America's decades-old ban on gay leaders and parents like my two moms. In two weeks, the BSA's national executive board will vote to ratify a resolution that has already been unanimously adopted by their executive committee,' Wahls said in a statement.

'For decades, the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adults has stood as a towering example of explicit, institutional homophobia in one of America's most important and recognizable civic organizations. While this policy change is not perfect - BSA's religious chartering partners will be allowed to continue to discriminate against gay adults - it is difficult to overstate the importance of today's announcement.

'The BSA has explicitly cited the work of Scouts for Equality members Pascal Tessier, an openly gay Eagle Scout working at a Boy Scouts summer camp in New York state, Yasmin Cassini, a lesbian woman from Colorado who was denied employment on the basis of her sexual orientation, and Brian Peffly, an openly gay Eagle Scout who until recently served as an assistant Scoutmaster in central Ohio. I could not be more proud of, or grateful for, the courage, strength, and dedication to the values of Scouting as demonstrated by Pascal, Yasmin, and Brian.'

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