Boy Scouts Propose Lifting Gay Ban For Youth Members

NEW YORK (April 19, 2013)--Under pressure because of its longstanding ban on gays, the Boys Scouts of America is proposing to lift the ban for youth members but to continue to exclude gays as adult leaders.

The Scouts announced Friday that it would submit this proposal to the roughly 1,400 voting members of its National Council at a meeting during the week of May 20 in Texas.

Earlier, the BSA had indicated it might give local Scout units the option of admitting gays as both youth members and adult leaders, or continuing to exclude them

The BSA said Friday it changed course due in part to results of surveys sent out this year to members of the scouting community.

Gay-rights groups have demanded a complete lifting of the ban, but some churches and conservative groups want it maintained.


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