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Boy Scouts Approve Plan to Accept Openly Gay Boys

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In one of their most dramatic choices in a century, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to ease a divisive ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted into the nation's leading youth organization.

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Angelika R (143)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 4:12 pm
Gay adults will remain barred from serving as Scout leaders.

Of the local Scout leaders voting at their annual meeting in Texas, more than 60 percent supported the proposal.

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Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 4:31 pm
This is marvelous news! We are beginning to teach our youth to love and accept one another! Thank you! (n, p, t)

Angelika R (143)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 4:48 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Nyack because you have done so within the last day. Excellent point Nyack!

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 5:12 pm
parents of straight boys are not going to like this.

Joe R (190)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 5:45 pm
The BSA still doesn't get it. Is there a badge for homophobia?

Past Member (0)
Friday May 24, 2013, 7:46 am
Just disappointing that this is even news...afterall it is the 21st century last time I checked.

Jo S (619)
Friday May 24, 2013, 11:17 am
I'm very happy about this! I just don't see why they are allowing scouts but not leaders, is this some sort of compromise. Just thinking out loud!
Thanks, Angie.
Noted, read & shared.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 6:48 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 7:40 am
Why scouts & not leaders?

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 7:45 am
Karen, you need to ask the BSA that. Perhaps they fear sexual abuse because of the age difference or leader status ,whatever..

Phil Wood (210)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 1:08 pm
OK- so do I understand this correctly?- A boy who has homosexual preferences is told now that he is "OK" and can be admitted and participate fully. However, once he is done with scouts and wishes to continue in teh organization, he is now told he is "a threat" to the kind of person he was when he was a scout? I wonder how that makes a homosexual scout feel.

Svetlana B (20)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 2:17 pm
Noted thanks

Angelika R (143)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 7:47 am
I am sorry to hear this, John, and that's why they keep up the ban for seniors /leaders.
Phil-as to your question I wouldn't know how that will be handled and also don't know how the organisation works. Apparently differently from over here as we have no "done with scouts",-you leave or you stay, regardless of age. Leaders are being elected.
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