Despite protests, Boy Scouts reaffirm ban on gays
Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, an Iowa college student who was raised by lesbian mothers, said Tuesday’s announcement didn’t change his view that eventually the Scouts would relent under pressure from campaigns such as those that he and his allies have mounted.
‘‘I'm sure they'll keep saying this until the day they decide to change the policy,’’ said Wahls.
He contended that the committee review process should not have been kept secret. ‘‘The very first value of the Scout Law is that a Scout is trustworthy,’’ Wahls said. ‘‘There is absolutely nothing trustworthy about unelected and unnamed committee members who are unwilling to take responsibility for their actions.’’
The Boy Scouts’ policy stands in contrast to inclusive membership policies adopted by several other major youth organizations, including the Girl Scouts of the USA and Camp Fire.
Boy Scouts statement: http://www.scouting.org/Media/PressReleases/2012/20120717.aspx
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