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Boy Scouts Ending Gay Ban

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The Boy Scouts of America is expected to lift its longstanding ban on gay Scouts and troop leaders.

The reversal of the decades-old policy is expected to be approved by the organization’s national board next week, both USA Today and NBC News reports.

“The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue," Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman, told USA Today.

After a two-year examination of the issue, the Boy Scouts affirmed its ban on gays just seven months ago. The volunteer review committee was convened by national leaders of the Boy Scouts of America.

But several local chapters and some members of the national board, including corporate CEO Randall Stephenson of AT&T and James Turley of the Ernst & Young accounting firm, called for a reconsideration, USA Today reports.

Under the proposed change, decisions on membership and leadership would be decided by the organization’s 290 local governing councils and 116,000 sponsoring religious and civic groups.

“Scouting has always been in an ongoing dialogue with the scouting family to determine what is in the best interest of the organization and the young people we serve,” Smith told USA Today.

“The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members or parents,” he said. “Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization's mission, principles or religious beliefs.”

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Sad. Ive always had great respect for the scouts and their morals, now Im beginning to even wonder about them.

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God Forbid! ++

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Aren't these the same Leftist's excited about this that are hopping mad over the same abuse in the Catholic Church?

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Wow. Just read this. Very, very sad. :(

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God will be removed a piece at a time until He returns. It is a sad sight to watch, but it is prophecy unfolding right in front of our eyes.

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Not a suprise, lifting the ban everywhere, the souts, the milatary.

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I can see this hurting the Scouts.

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i Don't think I would want to send my daughter on a camping trip as a Girl Guide if the only adult in attendance was a single man. Just as I would not want to send my son on a camping trip if the only adult was a gay man.

Less about the sin, and more about the common sense......

Yes it will hurt the scouts.

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I can see this hurting the Scouts.

I agree. I think most parents, Christian or not, are not going to send their boys into the care of a known homosexual Scout Master. The homosexual community can rant all they want about bigotry, but it's simply too risky.

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