Boy Scouts board votes to allow gay scout leaders

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NEW YORK — The Boy Scouts of America have ended a blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion because of their faith.

The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that embroiled the Boy Scouts for years and threatened the organization with lawsuits, takes effect immediately. It was approved Monday by the BSA’s 80-member National Executive Board in a teleconference.

The stage had been set for Monday’s action on May 21, when the BSA’s president, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, told the Scouts’ national meeting that the long-standing ban on participation by openly gay adults was no longer sustainable. He said the ban was likely to be the target of lawsuits that the Scouts were likely to lose.


  • jose

    WTF is this world comming too… Gay people like their same sex so why would you put them in charge of boys!!?

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  • DaneMuhlig

    “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness…Their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened…Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie…Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

    God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” [Rom. 1:18-32].

  • Mom

    I just think no matter the SEX of the leader or straight/ gay do back round checks on all the leaders because these are children they are teaching guiding. 😉

  • Karen L. Grube

    Thank God we now have Trail Life USA. EVERY BSA-affiliated group should transfer their members to Trail Life in order to keep their standards and their safety.

  • Mom

    I fully agree that the church should continue to do as they have done, still do background checks on everyone. Children are so innocent and should be kept innocent for as long as possible and childhood shouldn’t have pressures.

  • Iggy Montoya

    I’ve consistently donated to the BSA via the annual CFC drive. No longer. I won’t give them another penny and definitely zero support.

    Just unbelievable.

  • Say what?

    My two sons are now former members of the Boy Scouts of America.
    This country is on a path that no person should have to raise their children in.
    Good by B.S.A….

  • Ron

    Pathetic and disgusting!!!!!!! Are they going to add an anal sex badge or BJ badge? Liberalism is a DISEASE!!!!

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