Boy Scouts of America Delays vote on Gay Scouts

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Despite receiving the signatures of more than a million people from around the country who support a lift on the ban keeping gay members and leaders from joining the  Boy Scouts of America, its national executive board has decided to delay a vote on the matter until May. They also decided to keep the discriminatory ban in place until the matter has been voted on.

On Monday various organizations delivered over 1.4 million signatures asking scout leadership to end the ban.

“After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy,” Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America said in a statement this morning.

According to NBC News’ Pete Williams,”The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts.”

President Obama lent his support for ending the ban on Sunday. The President told CBS News,”The Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives, and I think nobody should be barred from that.”

The organization’s 1,400 voting  members of the national council are expected to take up the matter when they meet in Texas this spring.

Click HERE to learn more on how you can help convince the scouts to do the right thing.

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