Boy Scouts of America end ban on gay leaders, outside of church-sponsored units

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Earlier today The Boy Scouts of America officially ended the organizations ban on gay adult-leaders, but will still allow church-sponsored Scout-units to exclude homosexuals if based on religious reasons. The BSA’s National Executive Board on a 45-12 vote.

In a statement prepared for the press after the closed-door voting, the Boy Scouts of America announced:

“Today, the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay adult leaders and employees. The resolution is effective immediately. Of those present and voting, 79 percent voted in favor of the resolution.

Chartered organizations will continue to select their adult leaders, and religious chartered organizations may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders, including matters of sexuality. This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families. This change also respects the right of religious chartered organizations to choose adult volunteer leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own.

Moving forward, we will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth, helping them grow into good, strong citizens. By focusing on the goals that unite us, we are able to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.”