Boy Scouts to vote on admitting gay Scouts
Boy Scouts of America will vote this week on wether to allow gay boys to join local troops.
May 22nd, 2013
11:59 AM ET

Boy Scouts to vote on admitting gay Scouts

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) – The Boy Scouts of America will hold a controversial vote at its annual meeting this week that could open the door to gay Scouts to join the more than 100-year-old organization. The new resolution however would keep out gay adult leaders.

If the resolution passes, it could mean that many conservative and church sponsors of troops may cancel those sponsorships, leaving troops without a place to meet.

Reverend Earnest Easley, Senior Pastor of the Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia, said his church could no longer sponsor the Boy Scouts if they admit openly gay boys:

[0:57] “We cannot be a sponsor of any group that openly embraces a moral agenda contrary to our beliefs.”

Pierre Landry, a long-time Scout leader in Southern California, said attitudes that exclude gay boys from the BSA are nothing less than homophobic:

[2:05] “It shouldn’t be an issue in Scouting. It’s got nothing to do with Scouting.”

Landry says Scouting should be concerned only with character development, citizenship training, and physical fitness. Results of the vote by 1,400 local Boy Scout leaders is expected Thursday evening.

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  1. Clive

    Why is it that a private organization that refuses to change its moral standing, it is wrong, but when the gay community demands to impose its morals, it is to be applauded? And who will step in and sponsor all the troops that suddenly find themselves out in the cold if the ban is lifted? Who will make up the loses for corporations that stop funding the BSA because they caved? When the membership drops, what will Pierre Landry say then? This is the end. the gay rights organization will win the battle, but lose this war. Like the Girl Scouts, the BSA after being forced to compromise, will begin a spiral into irrelevance.
    Don't believe the hype. The GSA has been losing members and closing councils since it adopted its open policy toward to gay community. Do some research. The information is all there for those with eyes to see.

    May 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    For an in-depth look at the issues in question-and-answer format, check out the latest post at youthallies (dot) com

    May 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |