Boy Scouts Delay Decision on Admitting Gays

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  • IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America put off a decision Wednesday on whether to lift its ban on gay members and leaders, saying the question will be taken up at the organization’s national meeting in May.

    “After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy,” Deron Smith, the BSA director of public relations, said in a statement.

    Smith said the organization’s national executive board will prepare a resolution for the 1,400 voting members of the national council to consider. The annual meeting will take place in May, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas.

    Walking to his car after the delay was announced, board member Jack Furst had very little to say.

    “It’s all good,” Furst told The Associated Press before driving away.

    The BSA announced last week it was considering allowing troops to decide whether to allow gay membership. That news has placed a spotlight on executive board meetings that began Monday in Irving, Texas, where scouting headquarters is located.

    Smith said last week that the board could take a vote Wednesday or decide to discuss the policy, but that the organization would issue a statement either way. Otherwise, the board has remained silent, with reporters barred from the hotel where its meetings are taking place.

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    1. The Boy Scouts of America should NOT even consider allowing gays to enter their private organization. They already have the Law on their side. In 2009, the Supreme Court already ruled that
      BSA “did not have to allow gays” into their organization. If I were BSA, I would turn a deaf ear to this talk that not allowing gays was discriminatory. Are the GIrl Scuts of America discriminating against males? OK, then, why should BSA allow these gay people who are attracted to young boys?? Do we really trust gays not to act on their very strong sexual instincts and desires. Their push to infiltrate BSA is very suspect as far as I am concerned. Gays and their supporters are very-shot-sighted in promoting this cause of trying to get into BSA. What gays want is to have society like and accept them. Black people don’t even have that from American society after all of the laws and time passed. There is no legislation in the world that is going to make a group of people be liked or accepted. I see it as a disaster if gays succeed.

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