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05-24-13, 12:45 PM #1
Boy Scouts will accept openly gay boysAfter lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA's controversies are far from over.The Scouts' longstanding ban on gay adults remains in force, and many liberal Scout leaders — as well as gay-rights groups — plan to continue pressing for an end to that exclusion even though the BSA's top officials aren't ready for that step.Meanwhile, many conservatives within the Scouts are distraught at the outcome of the vote and some are threatening to defect. A meeting is planned for next month to discuss the formation of a new organization for boys.
06-15-13, 12:47 PM #2
What I like about this is that the organization itself voted for the change, instead of having a judge tell them they have to do something. Obviously I'd like to see them allow openly gay leaders and adults. Baby steps I guess. Considering the organization's religious ties, even this much is a surprise to me.CHIRP! CHIRP!
06-16-13, 10:45 AM #3
When I was in Boy Scouts, I never gave a thought to the sexual preference of the other guys. Just so they could build a fire, make a campsite and cook over an open fire, they were part of the pack. And I agree, with the "baby steps," one issue at a time.For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
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