New york NEW YORK The Boy Scouts of America may soon give sponsors of troops the authority to decide whether to accept gays as scouts and leaders a potentially dramatic retreat from an exclusionary nationwide policy that has provoked relentless protests.
Under the change now being discussed, the different religious and civic groups that sponsor Scout units would be able to decide for themselves how to address the issue either maintaining an exclusion of gays, as is now required of all units, or opening up their membership.
Last edited by SteamChief; 01-28-2013 at 10:15 PM.
I did and I know their position is softening. If that is what they decide, so be it. I'm not a gay basher. I just happen to think the Boy Scouts have been the target of great ridicule for their decision, despite their contributions to the lives of tens of thousands of boys.
I think this is a great step in the right direction for scouts. Good for them.
So, they spent two years deciding to uphold their ban, then it took them six month to apparently undo all that.
Lesbian former Cub Scout leader reacts.
[Jennifer] Tyrrell cried when she got the news that the Boy Scouts of America may change its policy to allow gays and lesbians as scouts and leaders. But when NEWS9 caught up with her on Monday night, she shared a different emotion, skepticism. "I'm excited but I'm going to stay a little reserved about it until they say for sure," said Tyrrell.
Eight months ago, Tyrrell was kicked out of the organization because she was a lesbian. At the time, she was the den leader of her son's tiger cub pack in Bridgeport. Unlike others before her, Tyrrell didn't go quietly.
I would probably address the adults, not the boys, if I wanted to make such a point known.
That may be appropriate for the older boys, but with Cub Scouts and younger Boy Scouts, I don't think I'd want to push that on them. So to play it safe, I'd rather voice any objections I had to the adult leaders present.
Yes, children should be somewhat shielded from many adult truths.
Are women allowed in the boyscouts? Anyone?
Women are allowed as adult leaders. Girls are not admitted except as Explorers, which is a co-ed program.
So if that makes any sense at all, it's along the same lines that I agree with the boyscouts wanting to keep gays out. It's not about fear of something bad could happen. It's a time for boys/men to bond as males.
If they want to have co-ed scouts and boy scouts I think thats fine. Gay men can do the co-ed and no one even needs to know their sexual preference. But if you're in boys only, the assumption is your are hetero.
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