Boy Scouts Committee Takes Major Step Toward Ending Ban on Gay Leaders July 13, 2015

Boy Scouts Committee Takes Major Step Toward Ending Ban on Gay Leaders

In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America finally said gay scouts would not be kicked out of the organization, but gay scout leaders were still banned. (Not to mention atheists of any age, but that’s a separate issue.)

Last month, the BSA’s own President, Robert Gates, said the homophobia had to stop or the organization wouldn’t be around much longer.

And now the Executive Committee has taken a major step toward fixing that problem, says Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed:

A key leadership panel of the Boy Scouts of America voted unanimously last week to end the ban on gay leaders in scouting, the organization told local leaders on Monday.

The resolution passed by the committee does not require councils or troops to allow out gay leaders, but lifts the prior ban on such leaders. Specifically, the resolution “affirms the right of each chartering organization to reach its own religious and moral conclusions about the specific meaning and application of” the organization’s values.

So individual troops, many of which are run through churches, could continue the ban if they wanted to (and you know they will), but the more tolerant, inclusive troops wouldn’t be punished for doing the right thing.

It’s not perfect, but it’s better than before. It also means that gay scouts, who were finally welcome in the organization unless they committed the sin of turning 18, could soon return to the organization and pass on their wisdom.

A final vote will take place in two weeks. It’s about damn time.

(Image via Shutterstock. Portions of this article were published earlier)

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