Boy Scouts allow gay boys to join

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SAN DIEGO – The Boy Scouts of America national council voted Thursday to approve a resolution that will allow openly gay youth — but not gay adult leaders — to participate in the group, which includes about 2.6 million Scouts nationwide.

The resolution, proposed earlier this year, was approved by a majority of the 1,400 national council members during a vote by secret ballot at their annual meeting near Dallas.

boy-scoutThe new policy, which takes effect in January, was cheered by some gay advocates as a first step toward full inclusion, while opponents complained it undermines the group’s moral code and religious sponsors.

The resolution is one sentence: “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.”

“This resolution today dealt with youth. We have not changed our adult membership standards. They have served us well for the last 100 years. Those were not on the table,” said Tico Perez, BSA national commissioner.

Gay Eagle Scout Chance Kawar was thrilled with the decision to lift the ban on gay Boy Scouts.

“I’m proud they are being brave,” 18-year-old Kawar said. “It’s a step in the right direction.”

While Kawar was happy new gay scouts will not face the same fears he did, but he was saddened that he is still banned from participating.

Kawar said he feels after 12 years of dedication to the BSA, he deserves his place in the troop.

“I feel like they are treating me like a criminal. I have done everything to prove myself as leader,” said Kawar.

In February, the Boy Scouts’ national executive board postponed a vote on the issue and ordered a survey of its members. That survey showed an organization that is divided — by age and, in some cases, by region.

7 comments

  • Scott Reid

    103-year-old group’s outright ban on gay youths. this is what every thing I read starts with and its false it was the 90s when and official ban came about before that we did not talk about anything to do with sex in scouting. We would not be talking about it today if it where not for gay right jack asses using this as a way to get headlines. lets face it if that many gays like what scouting is about they would have formed there own group years ago

  • Not very PC

    Well,

    Now that the gays have taken over another great American Institution, both of my young sons will be removed from the Boy Scouts of America (as of right now). Another sad day in America. Enjoy, all of you homo's! Soon nothing will be held in high regards and we can thank you for that!

  • righteouspops

    I was a Boy Scout from 1973 – 1977 and we had an openly gay young man in our troop. We thought he was just an odd bird, and nobody questioned his enthusiasm for Boy Scouts and his wanting to just fit in. In 1975 I was molested by a senior leader during Summer camp, and when I reported it I was told that I was just “confused.” I buried it for over 20 years and learned to live with the shame I brought on myself. The fact that this is such a polarizing issue does not resonate with the boys who are actively participating in the Boy Scouts. There is a motto and a charter and we all know that a scout is a scout and we watch out for each other. Society has made this an issue and sometimes things are better left unsaid. The young man in our troop was a great person and did not deserve to be singled out and we made sure that as scouts we protected him.

  • Thorgood

    One night as my nephew in the Marines was sleeping in the barracks, a homosexual in his unit came on to him and he awoke, confused and thoroughly disgusted. For this reason, I'll never allow my son in the Boy Scouts as we no longer share the same values.

    Behaviorally, homosexuality creates a high level of social turmoil beginning with public bathrooms, showers, dorm rooms and military barracks. Previously separated by gender to preserve personal privacy and eliminate sexual attraction, they now become a state of chaos when it's not just opposites that attract. Moreover, consider the objections of couple subject to a “pat down” by a gay policeman, who violates their sexual privacy under the guise of the “law of non-discrimination”. Sexual privacy needs are afforded when an individual has adequate physical and visual separation from anyone attracted to their sex. By definition, homosexuals deny society of its sexual privacy.

    As it affects health, homosexuals experience greater depression resulting from rejection by a majority of the population who oppose homosexually, amplified when impressionable children are exposed to a lifestyle parents abhor, and who recognize how it terminates family legacies.

    On a biological level, homosexuality is dysfunctional, ignores that life is sexually transmitted and everyone acknowledges it’s contrary to the sexual orientation of their straight parents. Also, it introduces human waste into the reproduction system which is reprehensible. It raises the risk of acquiring AIDS/HIV, increases health care costs and shortens life spans. Who buys a new car and throws it overboard as a boat anchor, destroying its intended purpose.

    Theologically, homosexuality is contrary to the Bible resulting in the gay community embracing atheism as it conflicts with their hedonistic lifestyle. Scriptural condemnation begins in Genesis with the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and continues through Revelation. However, consider His grace reflected in I Corinthians 6::9 “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals,10 thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Some of you once lived this way. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Rejecting His grace, we just become another Godless nation.

    More compelling verses:
    Leviticus 18:22
    “Do not practice homosexuality; it is a detestable sin.”

    And for raising children: Luke 17:2
    “It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.”

  • mike

    A very sad and pathetic day for the Boy Scouts and for America. Perhaps we need to send them back in the closet or hell, at this point I no longer care which venue!

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