The Boy Scouts of America Announces That it Will Admit Gay Members

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Right now, pretty much the entire country is transfixed by the wild hunt for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tarnael, the Chechan college student suspected of teaming up with his brother to bomb the Boston Marathon. Or, if they're not focused on that, they're tracking the fallout from Wednesday's freak fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. Maybe there are some still combing through the details of the arrest affidavits for the murder of the Kaufman County prosecutors. Gay Boy Scouts are the furthest thing from people's minds.

So it's probably not a coincidence that Irving-based Boy Scouts of America chose this moment to announce that it plans to end its ban on gay members and volunteers. Reuters broke the news this morning.

The change will have to be approved by BSA's board in May, but spokesman Deron Smith told the news agency that the plan is that "no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone." The welcome does not extend to gay adults who want to serve as leaders.

Such a move was hinted at earlier this year, when Smith said the BSA was "actively considering" such a measure. But that trial balloon seemed to deflate when the board of directors delayed its decision on the issue.

This comes amidst mounting pressure from former scouts, GLBT advocates, and, most importantly, corporate backers. Almost as loud have been the voices from the opposite side of the culture war, who have cited the case as a prime example of their unintentionally ironic trope of bullying by gay activists and predict that it will lead to a wave of gay converts and molestations. Expect a lot more of that.


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rusknative
rusknative

wait for the NEW LIST of BSA merit badge classifications to fit oral and anal talent demonstrations and respect for animals.

rusknative
rusknative

merit badges in animal husbandry and physical fitnesses will have major changes to the required actions.

Americano
Americano

This isn't a bad thing, it's an opportunity to convert gay people to Christianity!  Eviiill laugh to follow!

GuessWho-I-Sue
GuessWho-I-Sue

If you believe that all men are created equal and understand that being gay is not a choice.  Then any issue or organization that chooses to be exclusive would then be discrimitory.  Simple. 

Now, if you bring a discrimatory organized religion into an issue or organization, then that group would become private and not worthy of any tax exempt status. 

Mark Jansen
Mark Jansen

Boy that's a hard one. Heterosexual relationships produce boy scouts. But half or more of all Conventional Marriages/Families break up and it makes no difference what so ever if "Maleligion" is involved at all. Relationship stability comes from helpful economics and employment... (however that relationship is construed).

Aura Jackson
Aura Jackson

It is about time! It's a step in the right direction! End discrimination!

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

The boy scouts do understand that gay youth grow up to be gay adults, right? What are they gonna do, kick'em out at 21?

CraigT42
CraigT42

I don't favor any aspect of the gay ban, adults or kids. Bt if you are going to ban one and not the other based on your ignorant fear then they got it backwards here. Lets think about it, where is a homosexual act more likely to take place, between two boys ages 13-18 ( known to both gay and straight boys as the horniest years of your entire life) sharing a tent, or between an adult (whose sexual preference does not make him a pedophile) and a child under the already strict interaction guidelines in the scouts?

Mark Miller
Mark Miller

thinks nothing better than a gay or questioning kid being led by a straight non-caring man.

Hilary Jirasek
Hilary Jirasek

Clarifying two things - 1) The announcement from the national office today is not of a guaranteed policy change. It is simply the resolution national is encouraging be passed in May when the delegates vote. IF it is adopted, it would start Jan 2014. There is no guarantee it will be adopted yet. 2) It is a myth the BSA is a Christian organization. It is an organization with a spiritual base - but as long as you believe in some higher being that is the only standard. BSA has many members who are not Christians.

Jacob Frie
Jacob Frie

So send your youg gay boys to the straight boy scout leaders? Sounds like the Catholics.

Bobtex
Bobtex

What is a "gay convert"?  Is it like a born-again Christian?  What do they baptize them with?  Will there be  a merit badge?  So many questions, so little time.

Miguel Ortiz
Miguel Ortiz

Egh... For the most part I am ok them restricting gay leaders. Sure most are not pedophiles but then why risk it? I mean it's similar leaving your little girl with a grown man you really don't know... Why risk it? Most men are not pedophiles but egh.

Mike Hathaway
Mike Hathaway

Another "blocked by Chrome for malware" here, too

Julia Vargas
Julia Vargas

Now all their scout leaders can come out!

Bill T. Whitis
Bill T. Whitis

Admit youth, and ban adults. So when the youth grow up, at what age will the BSA boot them for being an adult? 17? 18? 21?

Crystal Means
Crystal Means

Sally BSA is a christian organization.....why would an atheist want to join if they don't believe in the principals which are biblical and Godly in nature?

Chad Mantooth
Chad Mantooth

So all gay adults are assumed pedophiles? Not good enough BSA!

Clarissa Nicole
Clarissa Nicole

They've already admitted some, they're just silent on it but OK.

Ambelleina Warwillow
Ambelleina Warwillow

Awesome! I want to read this, but Chrome is blocking your blog, Dallas Observer.

Michelle Rose Young
Michelle Rose Young

Small steps. Take this victory and contine to advocate for change. It will happen.

Ryan Bauer
Ryan Bauer

But ban still in effect for leaders.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@CraigT42 I don't think that is a real concern, but a fellow scout doesn't have power over another.  The Adult could presumably frame a kid into some compromising position, and that I think is the greater fear.  What you write of is of no liability to the BSA where as an adult engaged in wrongdoing wouldn't be so easily distanced from.  You make a fair point about the difference between being gay and being a pedophile.  I think pedophiles have the usual sexual preference breakdown (I would assume it's similar to the usual 10% skewing gay)  So, since the adults tend to be males, and scouts are males, banning gay adults would be in the best interests of the BSA. 

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@Bobtex Ooh, gay badges. Eagle Scouts are gonna be a whole lot fancier in the future.

GuessWho-I-Sue
GuessWho-I-Sue

Yes, yes and yes...  Religious views are a choice.  People change religions like underwear and usually leave a skidmark or two behind.  People do not choose to be gay and that should be clear by the bigotry that Christianista's love to spew. So yes, I discriminate against people who get tax breaks because they can find some obscure bible passage that they think supports it. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Montemalone @Bobtex 

Makes one wonder what you need to do to attain that particular badge. I mean, c'mon, they already make them wear neckerchiefs.

GuessWho-I-Sue
GuessWho-I-Sue

Just so I can attempt to MAKE YOU CLEAR.  Gay people do not practict sex, we are very good at it and it is not a CHOICE, it is the way we were born.  Religious people decide or select to JOIN a religion.  Like they select their clothes.  They MAKE a decision.  I would  not discriminate against a person who has one blue and one green eye, but I would discriminate against a person who promotes the concept that person should not drive. 

But this is such a tired and worn out argument that has been hashed and rehashed throughout the years just like sin/sinner and Adam/Eve and Adam/Steve.  Tell you Evangelist to come up with some more talking points as these are to retro to chat about.  You can probably find him at the Paris Adult Book Store "practicing" his sexual "beliefs".

mcdallas
mcdallas

@BrotherBrother Just so I'm clear: It's not okay to discriminate against sexual practices, but it is okay to discriminate against religious practices.  Yes?  And the reason is because people come in an out of religious beliefs but they don't do so for sexual beliefs?

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