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Boy Scouts Propose Gay Policy Change

National organization is proposing to lift the ban on gay youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders.

The national Boy Scouts organization said Friday it will pursue a policy to lift the ban on gay youth members while continuing to exclude gays as adult leaders.

The Scouts announced that it would submit this proposal to the roughly 1,400 voting members of its National Council at a meeting in Texas the week of May 20, reported the Huffington Post. The BSA said it changed course due in part to results of surveys this year seeking opinions from members of the scouting community.

This would apparently affect the status of who with his family protested the policy last fall when he was denied an Eagle Scout badge after coming out to his local Scout troop. 

Andresen's mom said last year that scouting organizations in Piedmont offered to support her son when he first learned that he would not be given an Eagle Scout badge. 

Later Friday, Ryan's dad Eric Andresen of Moraga said such a policy change would be a "small step" in the right direction but would stop short of "actually helping young people" like Ryan Andresen.

Jim McCrea April 20, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Homophobic fear remains so long as gay and lesbian adults are presumed to be a danger to young boys.
Hope Salzer April 23, 2013 at 04:30 PM
I agree with Mr. McCrea-- the 'token' of admitting gay youth while excluding GLBTQ adults begs the question-- 'Why?'. By excluding these adults there is a presumption that gay adults are more likely than hetero-adults to be pedophiles which is patently not the case.

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