The Boy Scouts of America today voted to allow openly gay kids to join their organization, however gay adults as Scout leaders will still be banned. Once a gay person turns 18 years of age, they become persona non grata to the Boy Scouts of America.
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.
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.
Casting ballots were about 1,400 voting members of BSA’s National Council who were attending their annual meeting at a conference center not far from BSA headquarters in suburban Dallas.
“The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting,” said the Boy Scouts in a statement released Thursday.
“While people have different opinions about this policy,” the statement continued, “we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in Scouting. Going forward, our Scouting family will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth in order to help them grow into good, strong citizens. America’s youth need Scouting, and by focusing on the goals that unite us, we can continue to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.”
In other words, they are “good, strong citizens” until they reach the age of eighteen years. After that, not so much.
Personally, I have never understood the attraction. Why would a person want to belong to an organization that so clearly does not want them? It’s the same thing that has always confused me about gay Republicans.