According to an exclusive report from NBC news, the Boy Scouts of America is very close to ending its policy of banning gay scouts and gay scout leaders. NBC is citing a source who is “familiar with internal discussions.”
Under the new rules the BSA would leave it up to local councils who would be free to decide for themselves on whether to admit gay scouts and scout leaders
“The chartered organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs,” said Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts’ national organization. He went on to state that parents “would be able to choose a local unit which best meets the needs of their families,” Smith said.
The NBC report states that the new policy, if approved, could be announced as early as next week. The genesis of the proposed change is apparently due to pressure coming from many of the local councils.
"We're a grassroots organization. This is a response to what's happening at the local level," said one official from the BSA
As previously reported by Boston Spirit magazine, many Massachusetts based Boy Scout councils already allow for gay scouts and leaders.
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